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Best VR Racing Games in 2022

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Last Updated on February 1, 2022

From rudimentary mechanical racing games in 1930s amusement arcades unrecognizable by today’s standards to modern-day hyper-realistic simulators like iRacing, the love affair between games and racing would take multiple tomes to recount.

It’s that drive to match the visceral thrill of rushing metal and fierce competition, to reproduce the sensation of carving the perfect line around the banked curves of a speedway or deftly navigating the streets of Monaco. So it’s no wonder developers have turned to VR, the latest and arguably the most exciting frontier in video games, to push the envelope of immersive racing experiences.

Today, we’ll be sharing what we think are the best examples of how VR propels the genre forward, tapping into the full capabilities of tech to have you almost inhaling the tart fumes of burning tires and feeling the crunch of colliding nose wings. So here are our picks for the best VR racing games you can play on various headsets right now.

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Products at a Glance

Our Recommended

Best VR Racing Games in 2022

  • Stunning visuals
  • Arcade-style gameplay
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Good headset compatibility
  • Requires a high-end gaming PC
  • Gran Turismo name
  • Stellar handling and driving experience
  • Great visuals
  • Only on PlayStation VR
  • Limited ‘VR Tour Mode’
  • Precise, realistic simulation
  • Huge range of great mods
  • Add-on accessory support
  • Compatible with most PC VR headsets
  • Limited VR experience without mods

Dash Dash World

  • Fun, arcade VR racer for everyone
  • Single and multiplayer
  • Huge amount of content
  • Cross-platform and broad headset compatibility
  • Motion sickness prevention options
  • Not one for hardcore racing fans
  • One for off-road rally fans
  • Realistic car physics and handling
  • Loads of real-world locations and environments
  • Same content as non-VR experience
  • No PSVR version
  • Motion sickness

Our Verdict

Project Cars 3 is the perfect entry point into VR racing games: stunning visuals meld with straight-forward arcade-style gameplay brought to life in immersive 360-degree VR. It may have abandoned the balanced realism of old and may lack some depth, but there’s plenty of fun to be had here.

While Gran Turismo Sport’s VR mode represents only a taste of what the full game offers, it remains a must-play VR racing game for PlayStation VR owners. Due to its age, you’ll likely pick up Gran Turismo Sport for next to nothing.

As the VR racing game of choice for motorsport fans, Assetto Corsa injects plenty of realism into the mix, aided by a vibrant modding scene that elevates what is a pretty poor base VR offering to something truly special. One for drifting fans and those who are eyeing up a decked-out racing setup with a steering wheel, pedals, and a rig.

Dash Dash World is a fun and accessible option aimed at everyone, from those looking for a light distraction to the more competitively-minded. There’s a deep pool of content to work through, plenty of online shenanigans to get involved with, and regular updates to keep it fresh.

Dirt Rally 2.0 abandons the sleek lines of the race track for a hands-one off-road racing experience that’s as forgiving as it is rewarding. VR players get all the content as the base game, enhanced thanks to VR alongside realistic car physics and stellar handling.

Don’t hesitate to send any questions or suggestions our way in the comments section below.