Retro Emulator ‘EmuVR’ Now Lets You Blast Away at Classic Light Gun Games


EmuVR, the game emulator set in the unmistakably retro VR environment, launched its Light Gun update recently to a pretty resounding reception. To show off the platform’s new light gun support, creator NeoZeroo released a video revealing that not only can you dual wield its ‘Pretendo’ Zappers, but you can actually play multiple games at once for a cross-platform shooter frenzy possible only in VR.

EmuVR’s light gun support extends to many retro systems including NES, SNES, PlayStation, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Sega Dreamcast, and Arcade ROMs such as MAME, Final Burn Neo, etc. Find the full list here.

And no, EmuVR doesn’t come with games. You’ll have to search for those on your own. Its creator however says that it can digest “almost every Retroarch core.” You can see what’s supported in the Game Scanner.

EmuVR is still in beta, and is only available for now by contacting its creator for access to the invite-only Discord channel and download link. It’s free though, and according to its developer, it always will be. EmuVR supports Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index, and Windows VR headsets.

It’s not clear when/if it will ever come to Steam. In EmuVR’s wiki page, the developer contends that Steam doesn’t allow unofficial emulators, however there are several similar emulators on the platform at this moment such as 3dSens and New Retro Arcade, so it’s unclear where we’ll find EmuVR’s official launch there or elsewhere.

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  • JesuSaveSouls

    I can’t get genesis cores to work.Jesusavesouls !

    • Jistuce

      That’s because Jesus only plays Atari Jaguar.

      • Jerald Doerr

        64 Soul-bits saved!! 32 males 32 females! Do the math!!!

  • GigaSora

    This looks cool!

  • Andrew Jakobs

    Oh this is great, if one can also set the screensize. I love playing this type of shooter games on my PS3 with the move on a 3meter wide screen, shame the retroarch emulator doesn’t support Move controllers (yet).

  • Jistuce

    Oh, wow. This is a really good reason to use a VR emulator.

    • Jerald Doerr

      100% agree if you already have VR…. Wonder how feasible it is to host 2 player games in VR.

  • I know this is kind of lame but a long time ago I got the Starsky & Hutch PS2. I had some PS2 light guns and they worked with it. I always wanted to play co-op in that game using a light gun but rarely got the chance. I hope this give me another shot…

  • Cool!