The new Xbox One X is a mighty gaming console.
It can easily handle games on the demanding 4K resolution setting.
Despite all this power though, there’s no official VR headset for the console.
Microsoft in the past labelled the Xbox One X as being designed with VR in mind, but quickly changed its stance on the technology.
There is now no mentioned of VR anywhere on the Xbox One X webpage. Judging by that, it’s safe to say that we won’t be seeing any VR headset for it anytime soon.
Despite all, of that, we have decided to look into top upcoming VR games on Xbox.
Is VR Gaming On The Xbox One Possible?
Does it mean that Xbox One owners will have to do without this fantastic technology? A technology that has been available to PlayStation 4 users for more than a year?
Fortunately, that’s not entirely the case anymore. Even though Microsoft hasn’t bestowed the Xbox One with a VR headset of its own, it has technically made VR gaming for the console possible.
The recent Fall Creator’s Update on Windows 10 enabled game streaming from Xbox One consoles. What that means is that you can stream games from the Xbox One to your Windows PC.
With this capability, all that remains is connecting a VR headset of your choice and experiencing any Xbox One game in full VR. Granted, there won’t be any sophisticated motion controls or head tracking, but the immersive nature of the VR headset will still be there.
This is good news because users can choose a VR headset of their liking to pair with the Xbox One. Some good options are obviously the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and a few of the newly released Mixed Reality headsets.
Once you have the setup, you’ll need some games to play.
8 Upcoming VR Games On Xbox
These aren’t made-for-VR games technically speaking, but without a doubt will have their enjoyment factor bumped when experienced through a VR headset.
1. Call Of Cthulhu: The Official Game
Call of Cthulhu is the first action role-playing game from the Cthulhu franchise in many years.
It takes you to the world of H.P. Lovecraft’s mythical world of reality-consuming elder gods.
Fans of Lovecraft’s work have been waiting for a full-blown game for years. In fact, the last major Cthulhu game came out all the way back in 2005.
The good news is that this time it’s a brand new game that will be coming to a modern games console, so you can experience this dark fantasy world with great visuals and hopefully, some great action as well.
Fans of blood and gore will be pleased when they’re playing Agony, a horror action game coming the Xbox One soon.
If you’re wondering just how bloody this game is, just know that there’s a staircase made out of flesh in it. You’ll be facing horrific demons who just want to, devour your flesh and kill you.
It’s not a game for the faint-hearted, but that’s precisely why it’s going to be such a great experience in VR.
VR elevates a game’s experience by totally encapsulating you in the game’s world. If you’ve imagined what it would be like to take a journey through hell, be sure to play Agony with a high-quality VR headset.
3. Far Cry 5
The Far Cry franchise has never had a bad game in it. The series is lauded for exciting action gameplay and beautiful visuals, and this time the game takes place in modern-day Montana.
This is the first time the game has set America as its stage, and it should be pretty impressive, given the franchise’s history. Though it is technically a first-person shooter, there’ll be plenty of room just to wander around and look at stuff.
As you explore the game world, you’ll be forging alliances with like-minded individuals who want to take on the enemy as much as you do. And there will also be a character creator, meaning you can create a custom character to fit any person you wish the protagonist to take, at least, on the visual level.
Metal Gear Survive is a game from the post-Kojima era of MGS. Some have called it a shameless spin-off of the series just to cash in on the Metal Gear Solid name and make a quick buck.
But let’s judge it on its merits. The game is about a bunch of online players fighting against a horde of zombies.
It’s a co-op multiplayer game where you fight increasing waves of vicious zombies. We’ve seen it a dozen times before, and the formula shows no signs of dying as well.
However, from the demos from 2016’s Tokyo Game Show, Survive seems to have executed the formula very well.
5. Crackdown 3
Crackdown 3 is an action game where the player can just roam around a city with supercharged human abilities and wreak havoc as they see fit.
There’s a single-player campaign like the last game, but there’s also a brand new co-op mode which takes place in a different city.
This city is fully destructible, which means you can knock down buildings and cause massive explosions just for fun. The game has experienced a good delay, but Microsoft says that it’s all in the interest of delivering a very polished experience.
The cult-classic Monster Hunter World is making an appearance on modern consoles as an action RPG. It has had a huge fan following but was only available for Nintendo and handhelds.
Now, however, you will be able to enjoy all of the monster-slaying action on your powerful Xbox One console.
There’s intricate weapon crafting as well so you can play in any style as you desire. You can also pair up with some friends and set out on epic journeys to find giant monsters, kill them and then collect the tasty leftovers.
Red Dead Redemption needs no introduction. A wildly successfully game for Rockstar, it is now being resurrected for modern game consoles, and this time it’s also coming to Microsoft’s game console.
The details of the game are still quite scarce, but from what we can gather, it will feature John Marsden’s son as the protagonist, as well as some familiar faces from the original game.
The concept art for the game suggests that you’ll be organising a small team to take on the game’s arch enemy.
8. Metro Exodus
Metro Exodus will have players return to the problematic post-apocalyptic Russian climate the previous games are renowned for.
The game will feature the same low-tech guns with a focus on survival and making do with whatever tools you have at your disposal.
Despite the low tech nature of combat, the previous games delivered a very satisfying gameplay experience, and the gloomy atmosphere will be something interesting when viewed through a VR headset.
Despite the lack of an official VR headset, Xbox One owners can enjoy a vast library of games by taking advantage of the console’s ability to stream games to a Windows PC.
These games don’t deliver a real VR experience, but something is better than nothing right?
Unfortunately, there’s only a handful of top upcoming VR games for Xbox. If you want an authentic VR gaming experience on a console, though, you’re probably better off with some of the best VR games for PlayStation 4.