Virtual reality has become one of the biggest trends in the gaming industry in recent years. With it, people have become involved with the gaming world in a way that has gone beyond what was thought possible in the beginning days of gaming. Although it has come a long way in a short time, virtual reality still has its share of problems; top on that list is price. The price of admission can be steep, and this is where Steam comes in. There are some amazing free virtual reality games on Steam, and we are going to cover them in this article.
Steam is one of the biggest marketplaces, not only for free VR games but also for budget titles. Some of these VR games are even compatible with desktop games or have been regular games that added VR support later in life. If you don’t want to spend more on VR than you already have, check out these free and cheap VR games on Steam.
All prices listed are in US dollars, and I will only highlight games that are completely free or under $20 max. This choice should be a good start to your journey if you don’t have a lot of cash to spare.
Rec Room (Free)
Rec Room is a title released in 2016 and maybe one of the best VR games for beginners. It offers various game modes and environments to play and live with and has received constant updates. This requires creating an account, but it’s okay to start in VR than a tech demo.
Gorilla Tag (Free)
A new title still in early access, Gorilla Tag, is a game that takes full advantage of VR peripherals. You and many other security guards must avoid getting involved in an acrobatic tag game when you play in online multiplayer. Buttons are not used; you move by swinging your arms and throwing yourself off the ground and walls. If you haven’t set VR to scale the camera for you, you’ll break something after enough turns. However, it is a fun experience that will give you a workout you’ve never experienced before.
Blade and Sorcery ($19.99)
Although relatively more expensive, Blade & Sorcery offers some of the most satisfying melee combat you’ve ever had in VR. The content leans more towards the tech part of the demo, with a fairly limited selection of weapons and locations, but one very important thing sets it apart from similar games: the modes. The huge amount of constantly updated fan-made content and the fun physics-based title fight make Blade & Sorcery worth the price.
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes, and Hand Grenades ($19.99)
Like Blade & Sorcery, this game is more like a single-player tech demo. However, unlike Blade & Sorcery, it changes swords with weapons and mode support for more content. Many game modes offer a shooting range and AI-controlled enemies, and the number of guns you can find is probably higher than in any other VR game. $24.99 Pavlov VR might offer a better experience with multiplayer enabled. Still, the Hot Dogs, Horseshoes, and Hand Grenades is a great option for anyone who just wants to get started and have fun with creative weaponry.
SCP: Labrat (free)
If you’ve seen the free horror game SCP: Containment Breach, you might be interested in this new VR version. Faced with the task of escaping a dangerous, monster-infested facility, players in SCP:Labrat can interact with deadly environments. It is still in development, but other features are planned for the title, including multiplayer! SCP:Labrat is not only going to have a good time now, but it will be even better in the future.
Garry’s Module ($9.99)
You might be surprised to see this game here; it doesn’t even have official VR support. However, it may have the biggest fashion community of all time. Suddenly, players can use VRMod to create their stand, even though the mode claims that everything is still very experimental. I normally wouldn’t suggest getting Garry’s Mod just for fan-made VR content, but it’s a great option to consider with all the other custom modes and content you can get.
Tabletop Simulator ($19.99)
It was also released as a standard desktop title but was updated with official VR shortly after. Like Garry’s Mod, it also has a huge community of mods, even its Steam Workshop page allowing players to try out new board games and maps. It may not offer the best possible immersion when playing at a virtual table, but it will certainly give players hours of enjoyment.
PAYDAY 2 ($9.99)
Another title to which VR support was later added; PAYDAY 2 is an action-packed shooter where you fight the law and take what isn’t yours. Support is available as free additional content for all players. PAYDAY 2 in virtual reality isn’t perfect, but it works pretty well for what it is. The game also boasts nearly a decade of saving updates, which translates to an amount of content that challenges even the biggest Triple-A titles. You will still enjoy PAYDAY 2, even if you don’t have a VR headset.
VRChat is probably the biggest VR-focused game on Steam, averaging over 20,000 players per day. It has custom avatars, custom environments, custom game modes, and general customization levels that surpass any other title on this list. It has the option for desktop mode, but you lose that if it’s not one of the first titles you get with a VR headset in hand.
Perhaps surprisingly, Steam VR isn’t even a game. The SteamVR software contains a workshop where participants can propose custom environments and even create their mini-games to play with. It may just be the default software you launch when using VR, but a little creativity can go a long way in its enjoyment.
In addition to these titles, there are many interesting and inexpensive ways to enjoy virtual reality. There are also interesting VR games for your kids to enjoy.
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