Meditation

Guided Tai Chi (Quest) – $10

Guided Tai Chi guides you through more than 100 “Tai Chi inspired” workouts ranging from 3 minutes up to 60 minutes. With 20 nature environments designed to help you relax. The app uses Quest’s motion controllers to instruct you in slow and thoughtful motions that can help you unwind.

Guided Meditation VR (Rift, SteamVR) – $15

Could there be a more clearly named VR meditation game? Guided Meditation VR has 27 nature filled environments with some 500 individual meditation spots across them. You can pick from a list of environments, music, and narrations which will guide you through different meditation techniques to help you relax, unwind, and forget about the world (if only for a moment). You can also choose no narration at all to simply relax and enjoy the sights and sounds (or even mix in your own music).

Reflection

Where Thoughts Go (Quest, Rift, SteamVR) – $10

Where Thoughts Go is a totally unique social experience that you won’t find elsewhere in or out of VR. In this reflective experience you’ll find yourself in peaceful environments populated with floating orbs. Grab an orb and you’ll hear someone speak. The recordings you hear are from other real, anonymous users who are sharing their dreams, fears, and secrets, as prompted by questions in each stage of the experience. You can listen to get perspective from others and leave your own audio recordings to drift through the virtual world waiting to be listened to by someone, somewhere out there.

Mindfulness

Marvellous Machine (Rift, SteamVR) – Free

Marvellous Machine is a free 15 minute thoughtfulness exercise wrapped up in a graphically impressive VR experience. You’ll be seated as you’re toured along a track listening to a narration which aims to introduce you to the basics of mindfulness. The app will encourage you to look at your surroundings, and your thoughts, in a different way.

Exploration

Fujii (Quest, Rift, SteamVR, PSVR) – $15

Fujii is a peaceful, explorative journey through a whimsical world of vibrant plants and cute critters. Though this definitely fits in the ‘game’ genre, it’s a purely peaceful game—there’s no enemies or health bars or pressure—just an inviting world with light puzzles and secrets to find at your own pace. You’ll frequently return to a garden where you can plant and tend to the flora and fauna that you collect throughout your journey. Though the game isn’t specifically designed around meditation, between your garden and other parts of the world, there’s plenty of lovely places to spend a few minutes to sit and smell the roses.

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Spheres (Rift) – $10

Spheres is an interactive narrative experience that will take you on a compelling tour of the cosmos. You’ll be encouraged to reach out and touch the worlds before you and listen to the songs they sing into the void. This experience is equal parts cosmology and imagination.

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  • mepy

    Forgot Nature Treks VR, $5, Steam VR.

    • TechPassion

      You didn’t pay, so they didn’t list you :)

      • silvaring

        Whether this is true or not at least Roadtovr does proper lists and write ups, and covers niche games. Day to day marketing of garbage AAA games is much bigger industry problem than a small piece like this one.

      • benz145

        Though you’re probably kidding, I’d like to be clear:

        You are very right to be skeptical of the information you consume online. When it comes to Road to VR, we are an independent outlet and do not accept money for editorial content or sponsored articles, and I believe we are the exemplar in this space for optional disclosures of conflicts of interest. We pass up heaps of extra money offered to us to make this so (not to mention, not covering our website in auto-playing videos, full page ads, or banning ad blockers).

      • mepy

        I’m not in any way affiliated with the makers or sellers of Nature Treks VR, I just enjoy the experiences, especially during the winter.

        • Kataki kun

          +1

    • vtid

      Great app, especially with the Subpac in the environments with thunder.

    • Marcus Childs

      As I went through this article I was shocked not to see Nature Treks also. It’s my go to for relaxation.

  • Art plunge is one of my favourites! I think my friend Tony agrees…

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=IV8cFZWoyjY

    • Patrick Hogenboom

      Thanks for pointing this one out !
      Really well executed VR and nearly free, hats off

  • Ryan

    If I want to walk around in nature in VR, nothing really beats SkyrimVR. There is no real threat if you are leveled up, and you can experience many different environments in day or night and shout the weather nicer if you want.

  • wheeler

    For me, The Talos Principle VR had the most serene and relaxing environments. XING is also good.

    However, whatever the experience is I still find I need a lot of stimulation. If I truly try to relax, then I’m immediately reminded of VR’s current gen comfort problems.

  • Kevin White

    Chroma Labs is a bit like Particulate, but the particles are much bigger.

  • Great list, I hadn’t heard of some of these.
    Can’t miss an opportunity to shout out Aircar, free on Steam or Oculus. Motion wise it can take bit to adjust to, but it’s so serene to fly around that city.

  • martin

    personally, Pro Putt is relaxing. Rez Infinite as well.

    • EliteForceCinema

      Fuck the developers and publishers behind Rez Inifnite, even that faggot Tetsuya Mizuguchi, for going Epic exclusive on their now shitty Tetris game! In fact. Fuck Epic Games! And fuck Unreal Engine! Source 2 for life!!!

  • shawnfromportland

    Bermeo Heights Express on Oculus GO!
    https://www.oculus.com/experiences/go/2681266795216749/

  • EliteForceCinema

    ‘Tetris Effect’
    Fuck no! Fuck the developers and publishers, even that faggot Tetsuya Mizuguchi, for going Epic exclusive! In fact. Fuck Epic Games! And fuck Unreal Engine! Source 2 for life!!!

    • benz145

      Let’s chill with the slurs.

      • EliteForceCinema

        How about no you twat! Enhance deserves all the hate, backlash, harassment, and toxicity that comes to them for going exclusive to the Epic Games Store, a cancer to the gaming industry with Chinese spyware from Tencent in it!

        Same goes for Epic Games and Unreal Engine for stealing games for their Chiense spyware store and bending their knees to China! Anyone who uses Unreal Engine to make games or other things are sellouts to Epic and Tencent!

        • asd

          yeah you’re kind of right to be honest

        • Patrick Hogenboom

          I agree with what you’re saying, not with how you’re saying it

  • James Cobalt

    I thought Spheres was broken? Last I heard there was a bug preventing people from getting past Chapter 2. Is this only affecting a minority of users?

    • benz145

      Hmm good question, I’ll look into this.

  • Frozen Dreams

    I hope you guys took a look at my game, I released it yesterday and relaxation was a big part of my goal in this game, the game called “Golf Pool VR”.
    I like to play chill-out game after a few round of shoot em up. great list of games here.

  • Kim from Texas

    Would “Xing: The Land Beyond” fall into the category? I feel like it is a VR game that has gotten lost in the noise.

  • Sarah Hill

    Forgot Healium. Nature-based escapes powered by the user’s own brainwaves via a Brainlink Lite EEG headband. Free version on Oculus. https://www.tryhealium.com/stories/

  • vtid

    Have loved this free app for many years. Always hoped for a full-length game to come from it, but maybe Low-Fi will fill that void now.

  • Lucidfeuer

    Great list, would have added the Chair if…well this great OG experience was updated, whatever happened to its creator. Also Sensa Penso of course…

  • David Axelrod MD

    Great list and it’s fantastic that VR for relaxation is a growing genre. Our team at Lighthaus Inc. built Color Space, a VR coloring book for relaxation with beautiful color design. https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/2702419963135346/

  • deHavilland

    VRSailing (free), especially in its “Night” mood, watching white caps under a full moon, is VERY relaxing.
    If you like some Surrealism you meed to try “Dreams of Dali” (free)!

  • Kevo

    I would also recommend Cosmic Flow which also happens to be free 99 and very much a relaxing experience as far as immersive mandalas go: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1267950/Cosmic_Flow_A_Relaxing_VR_Experience/
    Also, I don’t think anybody has mentioned all the chill worlds within VRChat.

  • R B

    I cannot believe you didn’t mention Tripp for Quest, OGO and Rift!

  • UberNorman

    The Blu Season 2 not being made is still a crime to VR.

  • Ocean Rift is the most relaxing experience for me. I wonder why its not on the list. The sound of the airflow alone makes me relax between the manatees…
    Also Nature Treks VR.

  • naffgeek

    Upload VR seems like it is owned by FB nevermind paid for articles!!

  • And

    SteamVR Home itself has lots great photogrammetry projects to sit and relax in, for free