Horror is in your face with Xbox One and Oculus Rift

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Good news for Xbox and PC fans! Microsoft and Oculus Rift have partnered. Next year Oculus Rift units will begin shipping with an Xbox One controller packaged with it and come with the capability of streaming Xbox One games.

Oculus Rift has been in the development stage for it seems like forever and a half. I got to try one out a couple of years ago at Austin’s SXSW. The experience was everything that I hoped virtual reality would be.

It was plain awesome. I wanted one right away. I was taken back to when I was a kid and really bad movies like “Lawnmower Man,” “Virtuosity,” and “Johnny Nemonic” made VR technology seem like it was right around the corner and having a unit would be as coveted as a hoverboard.

Well fast-foward a few decades and we are here!

The possibilities are pretty open. It is total immersion into games and movies and really brings about a whole new entertainment medium as a whole. It’s really fucking exciting.

Being that we are all horror fans here, of course the first thing we started thinking about was horror games and what they would be like on the Oculus Rift. There are a few companies already working with Microsoft to develop some games and Most likely we will be seeing a lot of those titles reveled at this years E3.

In the mean time we started thinking about what already existing games we would like to see ported over to Oculus Rift. We came up with a short list of games that will reduce us to shivering jelly once we are fully plugged into a VR experience.


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One of the scariest games I have ever played in my life, if not THE scariest. This game was one I played on the hardest setting and in total darkness. It was one of the only games I ever played that I wanted to walk away from. Staying involved was an exercise in courage and willpower. This game in VR might push the limits of sanity. I can already see the white streaks of Scooby Doo’s shocked hair on all gamers who involve themselves in that experience.


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While it wasn’t one of the best games, it was full of some well thought out unexpected jump scares. This was one game that made me drop my controller in fright.

Resident Evil 4

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Any “Resident Evil” would be awesome to see. But the fourth installment of the series was arguably the scariest and best of the series. I would love to immerse myself further into this world with the help of the Oculus.

Alien Isolation

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This game had the same kind of scares as “Outlast” which is to say that the whole fucking game is terrifying. There is no breaks there are no moments of peace or time to get a beer or soda from the fridge it is a rapid and constant punch in the face.


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Recently there has been some glances at the next DOOM installment. I would be happy with any VR experience in this world. I think it would be cool (and also possible aneurism inducing) to be able to play the first “DOOM” in that way. Graphics are cool and all but there is also a lot to be said about nostalgia, especially if that nostalgia is trapped to your head and beamed into your eye holes.

Silent Hills

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Yep, I said it. I haven’t given up hope on “Silent Hills” still being a thing. Maybe they are waiting to announce something at E3 or maybe visionary Guillermo Del Toro wants to bring it into full virtual reality and the technology wasn’t there yet. That is all speculation but it makes me feel better and a little more hopeful. If not, it would be cool if we could at least get a VR version of the old games from the series.

Call of Duty: Zombies

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This game is hard as nails and verges on impossible especially in later hoards. Seeing something like this would be awesome. I can just imagine planking up windows and taking down zombies down-scope right before being attacked by a zombie I didn’t see in the corner; all in full Oculus Rift VR action.

What games would you guys like to see? Let us know in the comments below.


Trey grew up wedged in-between the aisles of a video store. After a Cronenbergian inspired sequence, He has officially become fused with both film and video games. He writes all things pop culture, and has accidentally kicked two sharks and lived. Give him a follow and Tweet him something not too judgy @TreyHilburn.