It's here! At-home, PlayStation-powered VR is here!
OK, so we have some reservations - but Sony's headset gaming machine is still capable of producing mind-blowing experiences.
Thing is, once you've recovered from the unbridled joy of owning your own PSVR headset, you'll probably want some games to play. Don't know where to start? We've got you covered: here are the 15 best games to get right now.
Additional words by Andrew Hayward
Farpoint is the big PSVR game that a lot of early buyers have been waiting for, and thankfully, it largely lives up to the hype.
The Aim Controller helps amp up the immersion in this first-person shooter, which finds you blasting through packs of aliens on a Mars-like planet. You can play with a DualShock 4, certainly, but the extra cash is well spent on the Aim Controller to help amplify the illusion that you're really pumping icky spider creatures full of lead.
While the campaign can feel a little one-dimensional at times (and certainly derivative), the VR experience is ace: the game looks fantastic, and the ability to look freely in all directions really elevates play. The campaign is relatively brief, but there's nothing quite like Farpoint on PlayStation VR, and it really does feel mighty special in spots.
Eagle Flight didn't end up being the Assassin's Creed spinoff that we all assumed it would be from its first unveiling, but no matter: Ubisoft has made a pretty neat VR original all the same.
As the title suggests, you'll take flight as one of the majestic winged creatures, flying around an abandoned Paris some 50 years after the humans die off (welp). Soaring around in first-person manages to be both calming and exhilarating, and while there's not much to the gameplay, the sensation alone is plenty appealing.
You can explore freely either solo or with online pals, complete story missions by zipping along flight paths through the city, or even engage in 3v3 capture-the-flight style online battles. Eagles don't mess around!
BATMAN: ARKHAM VR
Appearing out of the blue during Sony's E3 2016 press conference, Batman: Arkham VR is a roughly two-hour experience that puts you into the mask, gloves and sculpted chest piece of the Caped Crusader.
The game focuses on Batman's detective skills - rather than his left-right jabs - but you do get to throw batarangs while attempting to solve the brutal murder of Nightwing. Along the way you'll solve puzzles and uncover clues using a variety of gadgets, and meet a number of the most fearsome and famous supervillains - in uncomfortably close proximity.
This is an amazingly cinematic, intense experience - and, while it's very short and requires Move controllers (₹7,999 a pair) to work its best, you'll be seriously blown away.
Many of the games on this list are chock full of action, but if you're looking for something to tease and please your brain, then Statik might do the trick.
This original PSVR puzzler makes incredibly clever use of the first-person perspective, yet works within the limitations of the hardware. In short, your virtual hands are locked inside a crazy-looking puzzle box, which you can rotate freely by moving the DualShock 4. You'll have to use the gamepad's buttons to figure out the solutions that ultimately unlock the box, but then you pass out in this surreal institute and wake up with yet another box atop your mitts.
It's a little freaky, and yet the sensation is utterly brilliant. If you've played the Room games on iOS or Android, then you have an idea of what to expect here – but when it's your virtual hands that are locked up, it feels totally unique.
RIGS: MECHANISED COMBAT LEAGUE
RIGS is a first-person, mech-based mixture of death-match and future-sport that's exclusive to PS VR. It's also a great showcase for Sony's headset, thanks to chunky, colourful art and frenetic multiplayer battles.
In RIGS, 6-8 players are split into two teams, before selecting and strapping into a mech, and launching into the arena.
Your task in the main game mode, Power Slam, is to score 'goals' by leaping through a ring at the top of the arena - but to earn that right you first need to score enough points by shooting the opposing team's mechs and collecting the tokens they drop.
Controls are basically standard FPS-style, but you aim and turn using your head. It sounds weird, but it soon feels surprisingly natural - although some people find VR more nauseous than others, so you might have to ease yourself in.
The speed, fluidity, heft and height of RIGS - the brilliantly vertigo-inducing ejections (which occur when your mech's destroyed) - make it one of the highlights of the launch line-up.
A storybook-style tale about a mouse who finds herself caught up in a magical events that reach well beyond her tiny size, Moss belongs in the same rarified company as Lone Echo and Superhot VR as one of the finest virtual reality experiences you can immerse yourself in.
With a gorgeous fairytale world to bask in, some clever motion controls and a charming chaptered story that breaks up the action into bite-sized chunks, the game adds up to something totally unique.
There are collectibles scattered about in hard-to-reach corners, but really the idea here is that anyone should be able to don a PlayStation VR and find themselves smitten with what surrounds them.
A first-person, dog-fighting spin-off from the huge (and hugely complicated) Eve Online MMO, Valkyrie is essentially all of your Battlestar Galactica fantasy made real.
By 'real' we obviously mean 'virtual' - not that your brain bothers making that distinction as you, in your nimble little starship, are fired into glorious outer space. And it really is glorious: rather than boring blackness, Valkyrie's battles take place just above the atmosphere of beautiful planets, or right in the middle of huge fleets of ships.
Valkyrie's graphics on PS VR are undeniably downgraded from Oculus Rift but, crucially, it contains all of the same content and plays identically - thin: super fast, fluid and fun. In fact, this is the first game that both Rift and PS VR players can play together via online multiplayer.
The game is still officially in development and the overall package can feel a little disjointed, with the single-player story still begging for expansion. Still, the multiplayer should keep you occupied for a long time and developer CCP seems very committed to future development, with a number of updates already having gone live since the game's Oculus launch earlier in the year.
A collection of mini games might not sound like the most compelling purchase for your new VR headset, but those contained in the VR Worlds package are something altogether different.
Even if all you got was The London Heist portion of VR Worlds it would be hard to resist. Dropped into the shoes of a cockney jewel thief, it's up to you and a couple of dodgy geezers to half-inch a diamond. There are a number of 'scenes', some of which involve using the Move controllers to shoot people, while others are closer to lightly interactive - albeit engrossing - cinematics.
It feels and looks brilliant and, though very short (you'll probably play through the story in under half an hour), the shooting galleries can keep you occupied for hours, such is the quality of the gunplay and the compulsion to post high scores to the online leaderboards.
The Deep has less to keep you occupied in the long-term, but it's a terrifically terrifying experience that you'll want to show your friends, family, neighbours and dog.
Sci-fi shooter Scavenger's Odyssey, downhill racer VR Luge and Pong-like Danger Ball are a little less compelling, but for ₹2,750 VR Worlds is well worth a purchase - unless you can borrow it off a mate.
We've played rhythm games of all shapes and sizes over the years, but Thumper is downright intimidating – it promises "rhythm violence," and that's exactly what you get.
You'll guide a speedy space beetle along a track and tap a button to activate icons you pass over, bounce off of hard turns to maintain momentum, and send massive energy shots off ahead to destroy the giant, metallic, floating head in the sky. It's intense.
And you can play it on a flat TV screen certainly; hell, it's even on the Nintendo Switch. But the game takes on a whole 'nother level of intensity in VR, as you're surrounded by the dazzling sight and feel every hit and explosion as they occur. We didn't know rhythm violence was a thing before Thumper, but now we're super into it.
Battlezone seemed ripe for the VR treatment since the original game launched way back in 1980. Now, thanks to Rebellion and PlayStation VR (and Oculus), that 36-year-old dream has finally become (virtual) reality.
The game's got an excellent, Tron-like aesthetic and a smooth, weighty feel, while the arena-like levels provide ample opportunity to turn enemy tanks, drones and swarming, flying things into gloriously bright explosions.
It's a heck of a lot of fun and, by combining procedurally generated arenas, online co-op for up to four players and a branching tree of weapon unlocks, Rebellion has produced a game that should keep you occupied for a long time to come.
Want to show off your new VR to someone who doesn't really play games? This is the game to use.
The concept is this: the year is 2050 and robots now do all of the blue collar work. To learn what it was like to do a job, humans enter a simulator and are given an interractive history lesson by JobBot. Yes, this is really, really silly stuff.
It's all about using the PlayStation Move controllers (it'll also be available on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive) to interract with your environment - whether that's completing the tasks that JobBot gives you (photocopying some work, making a sandwich, etc), or just messing around with all of the objects around you. There are four jobs to do, including office worker, diner chef and mechanic, and each one is as hilarious as the last.
KEEP TALKING AND NOBODY EXPLODES
VR might shut you off from the outside world, but it doesn't have to be a completely solitary experience. In fact, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes might be the most hilarious example yet of how to put that awkward scenario to brilliant use.
With the headset on, you'll stare at a randomly generated bomb covered with wires and buttons – and your nearby friends are looking at a manual, either printed out or on another screen, and must walk you through the disarming process as you describe a bomb that they cannot see. Who knew one VR headset could power such an awesomely social party game?
Rez Infinite drew a big reaction at Sony's second annual PlayStation Experience expo, as the classic Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 rhythm-action game - later brought to Xbox 360 - was reborn on PlayStation 4 with optional VR support.
Remastered for PS VR, the reimagined Rez is a thing of beauty. If you've only ever played the original, playing Infinite will fell like one of those movie scenes where the grainy, sepia filter swipes away to reveal sweet, saturated 4K.
At it's heart, Rez remains simple, addictive fun. Moving on rails through wire-frame worlds of surreal, technicolour infinity, every one of your actions creates glorious cascades of sound and light, as you aim and shoot at floating beasts and objects - great and small - using your head.
It's sharper and brighter than ever before and it's all rendered in 120fps VR. While you won't be playing for days, it's definitely worth it to experience the sort of psychedelic interaction VR was made for.
RESIDENT EVIL 7
Keep your closest teddy to hand: gaming's original scare-fest is back - and suitably terrifying in VR.
Another gasp-inducing surprise of PlayStation's E3 2016 press conference, the pant-wetting trailer gave plenty of journalists nightmares - and it turns out that was all just a teaser for the terror of Resident Evil 7.
A tight field of view, plodding movement speed and a game world packed full of incidental (and gross) detail leave you constantly on edge, wondering if the next enemy is going to appear in front, above, below or behind you.
What's more, while the Baker plantation might not be as sprawling in Res 7 as the original game's Spencer mansion, it feels plenty big enough when its crazed residents are pursuing you in VR.
In first person, every room feels constrictive, with overflowing detritus and ruined furniture blocking your path. Sure, the deliberately clunky controls feel restrictive when you're trying to dodge attacks, but at all other times the VR experience - including a cleverly thought-through input system where the right stick turns you in 30-degree intervals as you freely look around - is incredibly immersive, and utterly scary.
DIRT RALLY VR
Sony's own Driveclub VR wasn't all that hot, but Dirt Rally VR is the real deal. That's no surprise: the core Dirt Rally game was already excellent on flat screens, and unlocking VR across the entire game is as simple as paying ₹1,080 for a DLC pack.
You'll see a graphical hit in VR, even on the PlayStation 4 Pro, but the added immersion can be pretty spellbinding. From your cockpit view, you'll take the tight turns using the directions fed from your co-driver, and if you have a buddy handy, he or she can take that role and try to give you the right instructions by pressing buttons and swiping the DualShock 4's touchpad.
Zipping around turns can put a pit in your stomach at times, but even so, this one put a big grin on our faces. Hopefully Dirt 4 has its own VR action before too long, but for now, Dirt Rally VR more than impresses.