The best PSVR games to try on a PS5

There are some great VR games to try on the PlayStation 5, if you have the right gear.

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Sony's new PlayStation 5 console is a graphics powerhouse for new games, but it's also capable of playing older PS4 games. And that includes VR: you can use the PSVR virtual reality headset that Sony released for the PS4 back in 2016 and access a bunch of games that are still really good to play at home.

Just keep in mind it'll take a little setup time and digging up older gear to get it working. 

The PSVR has held on as a surprisingly good doorway to a wide collection of the best VR games, including a number of Sony exclusives. A new PlayStation VR headset is expected in the future, hopefully one that's a lot less wire-cluttered and more self-contained, like the Oculus Quest 2. In the meantime, you can hook up the existing PSVR to the PS5 and enjoy VR games. Some of them even benefit from better load times and graphics, too.


The PlayStation VR lives on with the PS5... and a few extra accessories.

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Some words of advice: The PSVR headset is older tech that requires a complex, cabled box and an older PS4 camera, which will plug into the PS5 with an extra dongle adapter you'll have to get from Sony. Also, most PSVR games won't work with the new PS5 DualSense controller (with a few exceptions, like Star Wars Squadrons). For most gamepad games, you'll need to dig up an older PS4-era DualShock 4. 

Sony's PSVR has other optional gear, too: wand-like PS Move controllers (which you need for some games) and a light-gun-like VR Aim controller. For the sake of keeping this list simple, I left off games that only work with those; below are some excellent titles that just need a DualShock 4 to work.

Also, a lot of these games also can work without a PSVR headset. They're VR optional, but the headset adds a different level of immersion that's often really compelling, with the downside of a lower-res display than you'd get on a 4K TV.

Media Molecule

Media Molecule's browsable world of user-created things is impossible to explain, but you could build your own VR dreamscape here. Or explore others. Dreams will function without a VR headset, but VR just adds a whole new dimension to discover.

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A pretty great Star Wars dogfighting game without a VR headset becomes even better with one. You can use your DualSense controller, since this game doesn't track the controller's motion in space.

Sony Interactive Entertainment

The best Sony VR exclusive game, and a must-play if you get a PSVR headset. The same team that made Astro's Playroom -- the game that's baked into your PS5 that shows off the amazing tricks of the DualSense controller -- also made this showcase for the PSVR headset. It plays like a wonderful VR version of a Mario-type platformer. I like it even more than Astro's Playroom.


An art piece exploration puzzle game involving fantastic alien worlds, impossibly strange creatures and a simple interface that will have you exploring what to do. It's a great game to soak in some atmosphere. And really, it's so strange -- and beautiful.

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sony's PS4 edition of the classic hovercar racing franchise works beautifully in VR, and it won't make you too nauseous. The benefit of VR ends up being mainly about focus. (Sony's Driveclub is another option.)

Hello Games

An infinite sci-fi space exploration game that's gotten consistently better with age, No Man's Sky now has VR support for the entire game (if you play the PS4 version). Recent updates have optimized graphics and load times, too. Again, you can also play this without a headset, or switch back and forth.

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