While a lot of virtual reality fitness enthusiasts prefer to workout with a headset that is attached to a PC, there’s no doubting that PlayStation VR has helped VR become more accessible and mainstream. The PlayStation 4 add-on is a great entry-level option for gamers to get into VR, and it provides plenty of great workouts that gamers can use to sweat off the pounds. Since it is often overlooked, we here at VR Fitness Insider have gathered together the 10 best PSVR fitness games to help out any owners of Sony’s headset. Not only do these titles guarantee you a solid workout, but they provide a fun time as well.
If you’re looking for games for other virtual reality headsets, then be sure to check out VR Fitness Insider’s list of the 25 best VR fitness games 2019.
10 Best PSVR Fitness Games
It should be noted that this list only contains games that are currently out for PlayStation VR. There are several excellent games that haven’t been ported to the headset but are in development such as Viro Move, OhShape, and Pistol Whip. Also, know that all of these titles require two PlayStation Move controllers to play, so you will need to pick those up rather than just playing with the DualShock 4 like some other titles support.
One of the best PSVR Fitness games for an arm workout is Audica by Harmonix. Like a lot of the Boston-based studio’s titles, this is a rhythm game that revolves around hitting and shooting incoming musical notes. It’s a fun experience with a lot of replayability as players try to top their existing high scores, and a groovy spin on the Rock Band developer’s past titles.
You might already own this since it is often bundled with new PSVR headsets, Beat Saber is one of the best reasons to dive into virtual reality. Like Audica, this is a rhythm-based game that revolves around hitting notes. However, every note is color-coded and must be hit in a specific direction by the player’s light wands. While it’s simple enough on the easiest difficulty that everyone can enjoy it, Beat Saber becomes an intense workout that requires plenty of movement and fast reaction times on its higher difficulty levels. With a great feedback loop that rewards players for bettering their play, it’s easy to lose track of time while you’re working up a sweat within its virtual world.
Unlike a lot of other boxing titles on the system, BoxVR isn’t trying to make players feel like they are in a fight. Instead, it’s about using the sport for its aerobics and it pairs some upbeat music with a great arm workout. The result is one of the most enjoyable ways to tone your arms and burn some calories. It has a great calorie tracker so players can see how much work they are putting in, and there’s a wide variety of workouts that range from short warm ups to hour-long endurance sessions. All of these workouts are done by professional fitness instructors, so you know you will be rewarded with the appropriate gains. As a result, this is one of the best PSVR fitness games that can be bought on the PlayStation Store.
Creed: Rise to Glory
Based upon the movie series of the same name, Creed: Rise to Glory allows players to really have a blast while moving up the virtual boxing ranks. Not only are there plenty of iconic “Rocky” characters to box against, but this is one of the best games in VR. It’s also a fantastic workout as it is one of the most intense titles available for PlayStation VR. Just like Adonis, you will have to put in the work in order to get better at your craft, but the reward is a better body and mind. This is a must-own for any VR owner.
If you are looking for a less serious boxing title then Knockout League is perfect for you. It’s more reminiscent of Nintendo’s Punch-Out! series as it features over-the-top characters to face off against and some wacky training scenarios. However, its goofy look doesn’t mean that it won’t make you sweat. In fact, it’s a great game to exercise to, especially if you’re weary about working out, as it is able to mask its intense movements through a series of fun fights and mini-games.
Knockout League has a fitness rating comparable to rowing by the VR Institute of Health and Exercise.
Racket Fury: Table Tennis VR
There are several virtual reality games built around table tennis, but Racket Fury: Table Tennis VR is the cream of the crop. Not only does it have an awesome futuristic aesthetic as players go up against robot opponents, but it has a fantastic physics system that replicate the real-life thrill of playing ping-pong. It’s a great arms workout and it’s a title that will help you hone your table tennis skills as well. There are 16 different opponents that players will have to defeat in total, so there’s plenty of variety and challenge that will keep players coming back to it.
Racket Fury: Table Tennis VR has a fitness rating comparable to an elliptical by the VR Institute of Health and Exercise.
Essentially a multiplayer version of Discs of Tron in virtual reality, Sparc is one of the best multiplayer titles on the system. It requires full body movement as players deflect and dodge flying projectiles while trying to hit their opponent. Sadly, the online community for the game is pretty small, but they are loyal to the game and it’s not hard to find a match. Due to the close-knitted community, this is one game that will likely make you a couple new friends by playing it.
One might think that Sprint Vector would be an excellent leg workout by its name, but that isn’t the case as it has the player using arm movements to move faster. However, the racing game is a ton of fun and has an energetic game show motif that never takes itself too seriously. It’s another multiplayer highlight for PlayStation VR, and well worth checking out.
While it isn’t the greatest workout on PlayStation VR, you can’t go wrong with Superhot VR. Its precision aiming can sometimes be more difficult than it should be due to the PlayStation Camera’s wonkiness, but it’s still the most innovative first-person shooter on the system. The main gimmick is that enemies, and time, only move when the player does, so it turns each combat exchange into a puzzle. It’s a great time while its campaign lasts and can be quite the workout if supplemented with weights.
To The Top
The most recent release to make our list, To The Top is a stellar platformer that is all about free movement. Players are tasked with climbing around fantastic obstacle courses and it manages to provide a great workout for being just $19.99. The game focuses purely on the player’s upper body as their legs remain stationary, but it features a lot of replayability that will keep players coming back to it. With an in-depth campaign and fun multiplayer, this is one of the best values in all of VR>
To The Top has a fitness rating comparable to walking by the VR Institute of Health and Exercise.
That does it for VR Fitness Insider’s list of the 10 best PSVR fitness games. You won’t find a more enjoyable way to get in shape and drop some pounds on PlayStation 4.