Oculus and Valve detail VR launch titles

— 4:32 PM on March 16, 2016

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets are both nice pieces of hardware, but they're not very useful without software to go with them. Up until now, we've only seen random tidbits of info about VR titles and scattered demos. That changed today at GDC, where both Oculus and Valve published full lists of the games they expect to release along with their headsets.

Let's kick off with Oculus first. The Rift list includes some titles that you've probably already heard about, like Elite: Dangerous and Project CARS. As previously reported, CCP Games is also building two games designed specifically with VR in mind: the space-dogfigthing game EVE Valkyrie and the on-rails shooter EVE Gunjack.

Dreadhalls, with its procedurally-generated scary dungeons, should provide quite a few "get this thing off my face" moments. There are also a few less obvious choices, like Adventure Time or a VR-enabled version of Defense Grid 2, which is one of my favorite games (go buy it).

Overall, Oculus' roster is varied enough, but seems to have a bit of a bias for titles where you're sitting in a virtual cockpit—not a bad thing at all, mind. Gamers will be able to acquire these titles directly from the Oculus store.

On the opposite corner of the ring, HTC and Valve have a more eclectic lineup. According to Fortune, Valve will be demoing 30 of its titles at the GDC show floor. In an interview with the site, Valve's Chet Faliszek says that 50 developers already have HTC Vive store pages up that "could begin selling content today."

Faliszek notes that Valve has no exclusive launch titles, something which the company thinks is good for the VR industry in general. Faliszek also believes that the games that will impress the most people on the show floor will be the RPG Vanishing Realms: Rite of Steel, #Selfie Tennis (yes, with the hashtag), and the horror shooter The Brookhaven Experiment.

Valve seems to be betting big on providing free VR content to customers. Job Simulator, Fantastic Contraption, and The Lab (a game set in Portal's universe), will be available free of charge. That may prove quite the boon to cash-strapped VR gamers, who will undoubtedly comforting their sobbing wallets after shelling out several hundreds of dollars for a headset.

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