VR Flight Simulator - Best Virtual Reality Airplane Games

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Summary

  • Ultrawings, an Oculus Touch compatible VR flight simulator
  • Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator, the most realistic VR flight simulator
  • DCS World, the enthusiast's favorite VR flight simulator
  • Elite Dangerous, a VR flight simulator to explore, fight and trade in space
  • Eagle Flight, a VR flight simulator that puts you in the shoes of an eagle
  • Final Approach, a third-person VR flight simulator
  • EVE: Valkyrie, a VR flight simulator focused on spaceship battles
  • War Thunder, a WWII-centric VR flight simulator
  • FIRMA, an unusual and offbeat VR flight simulator in space
  • Lunar Flight, a VR flight simulator on the moon
  • VR Battle Helicopter: a Cardboard compatible VR flight simulator

Taking control of a plane and taking to the skies is unfortunately not a hobby accessible to everyone. Fortunately, flight simulators make it possible to live the sensations provided by this experience virtually. Discover the best VR flight simulators.



Ultrawings, an Oculus Touch compatible VR flight simulator

Compatible HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, Samsung Gear VR, PlayStation VR
Price: € 22,99

Virtual reality headsets allow you to immerse yourself in a 360-degree environment, but that's not their only interest. Thanks to the motion-sensing controllers, it is also possible interact naturally in this environment using their hands. In the case of a flight simulator, this means that it is possible to manipulate the controls in a realistic way.

Unfortunately, most VR flight simulators are not compatible with these controllers, and can only be played using a gamepad or joystick. This is not the case with Ultrawings, Compatible with Oculus Touch, Vive Wands and Windows Mixed Reality motion-sensing controllers.


However, it should be specify that Ultrawings is not meant to be realistic. It is a game with cartoon graphics, fun and accessible to all (including children). As the user progresses, they earn money which allows them to buy new gear.


Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator, the most realistic VR flight simulator

HTC Vive and Oculus Rift compatible
Price: € 49,99

Aerofly is the only VR flight simulator to offer realism worthy of the Microsoft Flight Simulator X series. The graphics are highly detailed, the planes are modeled with precision, as are the airports. The controls are also very realistic. The cockpit modeled in 3D brings together many buttons, switches and indicator lights like a real dashboard. More than 100 planes are available and more than 150 airports await you. The physics of flight are also very close to reality. This title is a great way to practice before taking control of a plane in the real world.

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DCS World, the enthusiast's favorite VR flight simulator

HTC Vive and Oculus Rift compatible
Price: Free

DCS World is a combat simulator offering to take control of tanks and other vehicles, but also and especially planes. The game offers impressive realism, with expertly designed 3D cockpits, ergonomic interactive controls and a vast arsenal of bombs, missiles and other weapons. The free version allows you to use two planes, and a DLC adding a large amount of content can be purchased.

Elite Dangerous, a VR flight simulator to explore, fight and trade in space

HTC Vive and Oculus Rift compatible
Price: € 24,99


Elite Dangerous offers the player the opportunity to explore a vast universe made up of 400 billion solar systems at the controls of the ship of their choice. The player can explore, but also hunt for bounties, trade, mine resources or compete against other pilots. Already excellent on computers, the title takes on a new dimension on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.


Eagle Flight, a VR flight simulator that puts you in the shoes of an eagle

HTC Vive and Oculus Rift compatible
Price: € 39,99

Eagle Flight takes place in the future, several years after humans deserted planet Earth. The action takes place in the city of Paris, where nature has taken back its rights. The player controls an eagle in first person view, and can fly over our beautiful capital in complete freedom. He will also have to fight other eagles and hunt prey to survive. There is no question here of using controllers. The game is controlled only by the gaze.

Final Approach, a third-person VR flight simulator

HTC Vive and Oculus Rift compatible
Price: € 14,99

Originally, Final Approach offered the player to manage an airport by tracing the route of planes using controllers to allow them to land safely. Now, a new game mode allows you to air combat against other devices, to accomplish rescue missions or to indulge in airplane races. Unlike other games of this top, Final Approach does not offer a first person view experience.

EVE: Valkyrie, a VR flight simulator focused on spaceship battles

HTC Vive and Oculus Rift compatible
Price: € 36,99

EVE: Valkyrie is a virtual reality game set in the world of massively multiplayer online gaming EVE: Online. However, the gameplay is very different. Here, there is no question of collecting resources or of trading. The title is presented as a pure and hard space dogfighting game. The player can choose between three classes of ships, and compete against other players on the internet or train against artificial intelligence. As the player progresses, the player gains levels and unlocks various upgrades for his ship. Since the game's release in October 2016, the title has received four major updates. Despite a steep price tag, EVE: Valkyrie is a benchmark in VR space combat.



War Thunder, a WWII-centric VR flight simulator

HTC Vive and Oculus Rift compatible
Price: Free

Dated 2013, War Thunder is a benchmark in computer flight simulators. However, the compatibility with the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive give it a second wind. The player can take control of WWII or Cold War plane in first person view and take on other pilots in epic air battles. It is also possible to take control of a tank, a ship, or another vehicle. Besides the player versus player mode, it is also possible to complete solo missions against artificial intelligence. The main strength of War Thunder is that it is completely free.

FIRMA, an unusual and offbeat VR flight simulator in space

HTC Vive and Oculus Rift compatible
Price: € 12,99

In FIRMA, the player controls a space delivery man, responsible for delivering packages aboard a spaceship. The ship is very maneuverable, and can be used for racing or fighting other devices. The title is very pleasant, even if we can regret the absence of a multiplayer mode. Considering its light price, this is a title to buy without hesitation.

Lunar Flight, a VR flight simulator on the moon

HTC Vive and Oculus Rift compatible
Price: € 14,99

Lunar Flight offers the player to take control of a 1960 Lunar Lander. Inspired by the classic arcade game of the same name, this VR simulator however offers to land on the moon in first person view. The navigation system is intelligently designed, and allows the player to land quickly before their fuel runs out. It takes some time to familiarize yourself with the controls, but then the game is really fun.

VR Battle Helicopter: a Cardboard compatible VR flight simulator

Compatible : Google Cardboard
Price: € 1,99

VR Battle Helicopter is clearly not the most realistic VR flight simulator in this ranking, but it does have the advantage of being compatible with the Google Cardboard platform. It is therefore possible to download it from the iOS App Store or the Android Play Store in order to play it with any smartphone virtual reality headset.

Take control of a helicopter and face your aversaries in a 3D 360-degree environment. The controls are carried out with the movements of the head and the gaze. No need for a controller. Defeat other players and climb to the top of the world rankings.



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