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Racing games weren’t always so hard to find. Now that you have the Oculus Quest, however, you’re probably wondering when the next big thing is going to come out. After all, virtual reality was practically made for racing. Well, it turns out there are quite a few hidden gems out there already and every gearhead and racing enthusiast deserves to know about them.
Hop in the driver’s seat and immerse yourself in the world of racing with the best games for Oculus Quest.
1. Dash Dash World
Mario Kart lovers, unite — and get yourself Dash Dash World. Motion X’s latest release features all the hallmarks of the kart-racing genre, including bright graphics and visually engaging race tracks. Race up to eight friends and use your VR controllers to boost, draft and glide your way to victory.
Wacky weapons like lightning bolts and useful powerups also add a layer of strategy to this racing game since you must aim and shoot in real-time. This game offers more than 100 hours of gameplay and cloud save so you don’t lose achievements or high scores.
2. RaceRoom Racing Experience
If you’re more of a beginner when it comes to virtual racing, RaceRoom Racing Experience will help you get started. Hone your skills with this realistic free-to-play racing sim that features excellent collision physics.
R3E’s simple gameplay and impressive dynamics also make VR racing easier to get used to. With a little bit of practice, you can quickly move on to more complicated games and actually win races when you compete against friends in the future.
3. Assetto Corsa
There’s a reason why pro-level drifters are competing online with Assetto Corsa. This Oculus Quest racing game offers one of the best drifting simulations on the market today. Sure, it might not provide eye-popping graphics, but three difficulty profiles and a fourth customizable setting make up for the game’s lower resolution.
Eight different gaming modes and built-in editing tools also allow you to customize your racing experience. Integrate additional content into the game or check out the advanced setup options and telemetry for data analysis.
4. Project Cars
Project Cars has already released two successors, so why did it make this list? Well, for starters, it’s free on the Stream Store, which means you can try out this classic before you invest in the second or third series.
Choose from more than 120 cars, and 100 plus unique track layouts. On-demand content keeps the game interesting and authentic handling elevates the driving experience. With all that this game has to offer, some would argue that the first Project Cars is superior to Projects Cars 3.
5. DiRT Rally 2.0
Are you looking for an unforgiving and intense gaming adventure? Then DiRT Rally 2.0 is right up your alley. Of course, you’ll be driving a rally car, but you’ll get to travel all over the world in it and choose tracks in locations like New Zealand and Brazil.
The smallest mistake could end your career, so you’ll have to rely on instinct to survive this immersive experience. Version 2.0 includes a new handling model, more tire choices and hyper-realistic surface degradation for a unique race every time.
More professional drivers are refining their skills on iRacing than ever before, and there’s plenty of reasons why. This highly realistic game features officially licensed cars, real-world physics and exact replicas of some of the world’s greatest race tracks.
More than 40,000 racing enthusiasts have joined the online iRacing community and formed more than 400 private leagues. Host your own race or join a league to meet other gearheads from around the country and best them in the most challenging competitions as your confidence and skill levels grow.
7. Live for Speed
This classic racing game may be more than a decade old, but recent updates have managed to keep Live for Speed mainstream. Aside from becoming VR compatible, the video game now includes more setup options, allowing you to customize your car for rallycross or drifting.
Additional features include wider steering angles, more accurate data tracking and a new alternate configuration in the setup screen. You can also try hard track racing on narrower tires and change your tires without having to repair your ride.
The Future of VR Racing
As more Formula 1 drivers embrace VR technology, more developers will make games that are compatible with the Oculus Quest and other popular headsets. Subsequently, your game options will likely grow exponentially in the coming years, especially as COVID-19 precautions keep people off of real race tracks and in front of a screen.