The Oculus Quest is a completely standalone VR headset. It can track the room you're in and your movement in six directions, which opens the world up when it comes to gaming. The Oculus Quest has an impressive library of launch titles, but these are the first five that you absolutely need to try.

★ Featured favorite: Beat Saber

Beat Saber is an incredibly popular and addictive game in VR. You swing two lightsabers to slash through floating blocks to the rhythm of songs with bumping beats. Thanks to the Oculus Quest's support for two touch controllers and six degrees of freedom, you can lean, duck, and swing away at blocks to try to beat your high score.

$30 at Oculus

Use the force: Vader Immortal: Episode I

Technically, this is a VR story more than a game, but in it, you get to see Darth Vader in VR and swing a lightsaber. In the story, you're a smuggler who winds up on Darth Vader's home planet. You hone your lightsaber skills and discover secrets about Vader along the way.

$10 at Oculus

Lone shooter: SUPERHOT VR

In SUPERHOT VR enemies come at you from every direction. It features a unique slow-motion combat system in which you use a variety of weapons to slash and shoot enemies. The game takes advantage of the Quest's features by utilizing 360 degree tracking to surround you with enemies and letting you dual wield weapons.

$25 at Oculus

Robo violence: Robo Recall: Unplugged

Homicidal robots are on the loose and Robo Recall: Unplugged lets you shoot them with a variety of weapons. It's a bullet storm game that's significantly boosted by the Oculus Quest's ability to track movements in 360 degrees.

$30 at Oculus

Shooting zombies: Dead and Buried II

This multiplayer shooter sets you up against other players online or AI as you use six shooters to defeat your enemies. It's set in a western world and is a sequel to the popular Dead and Buried that launched on the Oculus Rift and Oculus Go.

$20 at Oculus

The essentials

The Oculus Quest provides a unique opportunity to use popular VR titles without being tethered to a PC. Games that require movement, both around the room and with your hands, feel liberated by the Oculus Quest's lack of wires.

There's a wide range of games and apps available on the Oculus Quest, and that list is set to grow quickly as developers jump on board. The games on this list stand out for their ability to take advantage of the Oculus Quest's tracking features and support for two controllers.

Beat Saber is a top-rated game that is a hit at parties. It has various skill levels, so it's an excellent game for beginners and experts. The Oculus Quest's built-in speakers fire music directly at your ears and the tracking system means that you can swing away at blocks without any risk of snagging a wire.

SUPERHOT VR's slow-motion gameplay and unique look and feel creates a combat experience you won't get in any other game. It's also an excellent game to test out the Oculus Quest's features and to take advantage of the fact that you don't have to wear any wires. SUPERHOT VR requires you to make complicated sequences of movements, and the Oculus Quest feels like it was built for titles like this.

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