Virtual reality (VR) is yet to make much of an impression on the sports genre in videogames. A number of popular sports pose an issue for VR, in that players usually swap between multiple characters during matches, which could prove jarring for those using the Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus VR headsets. That isn’t set to be an issue with VRFaceball, however, which offers its own unique take on the sport of baseball with the Oculus Rift.
VRFaceball is described by developer Ivan Blaustein as ‘2 minutes of increasingly intense batting practice’ in which players swing a bat to hit balls as efficiently as possible. You might think that this is done perhaps with a motion controller such as the Sixense STEM, but the bat is in fact controlled using the Oculus Rift’s head-tracking. This means that players must swing their own heads to hit the ball. The developer does however advise that small movements are best, and there is no need to ‘jerk your neck around’.
As the developer explains, VRFaceball doesn’t contain any special type of scoring, movement or objectives. Players are simply allowed to relax and enjoy this unique mechanic. The title is available now over on the official Oculus VR Share beta for free on PC, Mac and Linux. VRFocus will continue to follow all new release in VR, reporting back with any more updates and more.