Oculus Quest 3 Fitness Games: Top Picks List
Since the Nintendo Wii broke onto the gaming scene in the mid-2000s, video game enthusiasts and casual players alike have found exciting new ways to incorporate fitness into their gaming routines. The Wii wasn’t the first system to feature games designed to get players up and moving, but it did popularize it. Titles like Wii Fit and Wii Sports, in particular, quickly became huge hits.
Things have changed since then, and the technology that powered those games has evolved in leaps and bounds. With virtual reality bringing all-new experiences into the living room, many VR fitness games are poised to give Oculus Quest 3 users a workout.
Not sure if this device has what it takes to level up your fitness routines? Keep reading to learn about the best VR exercise games available and how they can make the most intense workouts feel fun.
1. Beat Saber
One of the most popular games available on the Oculus Quest 3, Beat Saber is a VR rhythm game that tasks the player with slicing and dicing shapes that come rocketing at them, all to the beat of the music. Some of the best workouts don’t feel like workouts at all — and playing Beat Saber fits this description perfectly: a climbing heart rate is to be expected, especially when using dual lightsabers to ward off flying objects. There are multiple difficulty levels to choose from, so intensity level can easily be tailored.
2. Supernatural: Virtual Fitness Revolution
Supernatural brings fun, fast-paced studio fitness classes to the Oculus Quest 3 with a collection of games designed to replicate the health club experience. The two VR games currently on the platform — Flow and Boxing — feature movements and gameplay mechanics similar to Beat Saber. That being said, this game focuses less on staying with the beat and more on high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
Meditation exercises and stretching routines are also part of the Supernatural package, so mental benefits can be expected alongside the physical advantages of playing. If there's a downside, it's the need for a monthly subscription. At about $10 per month, however, this costs a fraction of the price of a standard gym membership.
There’s a lot to like about FitXR, which offers plenty of fitness activities and a worldwide community in which players can compare results with friends and share their workout victories on the leaderboards. Along with the trusty boxing game, FitXR features a Combat mode, which brings elements of Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and other mixed martial arts techniques together for a fantastic full-body workout.
Sculpt mode incorporates pilates-inspired workouts to give users looking for a low-impact routine a challenge. Meanwhile, HIIT will have players sweating and panting through several intense workout games. Like many apps, FitXR functions more like a workout platform than a stand-alone game and requires a monthly subscription. This setup can be advantageous for some and calls for increased commitment when compared to other tech-oriented fitness solutions.
4. The Thrill of the Fight
The design of the Meta Quest 2 (and its sibling, the Oculus Quest 3) lends itself perfectly to VR fisticuffs. No game captures the authentic experience of stepping in the ring and duking it out quite like The Thrill of the Fight. It involves down-and-dirty boxing, as the player squares off against opponents who can take a licking but keep on ticking.
Most impressive of all? Rave reviews on Steam from players who champion The Thrill of the Fight as one of the best fitness games available. The only downside is a lack of multiplayer capabilities, although that is thankfully being promised for the sequel.
One of the most ingenious fitness apps available on Meta Quest 3, Holofit incorporates standard exercise equipment but adds new workouts that will keep players coming back for more. Combined with a rowing machine, exercise bike, or elliptical, the experiences in Holofit always result in a good workout. Beyond this, the novelty amps up the desire to stick with any exercise routine. Several Holofit games feature multiplayer — and the online community is always there to support players through cardio workouts or squat sessions.
Upcoming VR Workout Games
Though these innovative games have yet to be released, their potential to combine fitness and gaming makes them must-watch additions to the Oculus Quest store library.
One of the newest games on this list, Cybrix will attract hardcore pickleball players looking to take their game to the next level with something completely different. Dozens of single-player levels are available to conquer — and if the game itself is no longer a challenge, players can take on their friends in multiplayer showdowns that are sure to stir up friendly competition. While it’s not a faithful recreation of the racquet sports we know and love – this is still a groovy VR experience that anyone with an appreciation for tennis or pickleball will enjoy.
Another new entry in the Oculus Quest 3 lineup, Hitstream aims to amp up heart rates with some focused HIIT. Players move around between a variety of real-world and mixed-reality locations while they swipe, jump, dodge, and catch objects hurled their way. Workouts are designed for progression. What's more, leaderboards give players an incentive to keep playing the game in hopes of dethroning their friends or competitors.
About the Oculus Quest 3
Meta (formerly Facebook) has devoted a wealth of time and money to making VR accessible to the masses. The result of all this labor? The Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest 3 headsets, which, found their footing in a marketplace that quickly became crowded with competitors.
While the older Meta Quest 2 is certainly capable of playing all of the aforementioned games, the Meta Quest 3 is taking big steps into the next generation of VR. Featuring improvements in nearly every area imaginable, the Meta Quest 3 packs bleeding-edge VR technology into a package that’s slimmer and more form-fitting than the Quest 2.
The base model of the Meta Quest 3 starts at $499 for the 128GB model, with the 512GB unit seeing a hefty price boost up to $649. As the newest VR headset on the market (Meta Quest 3 hit stores back on October 10), the prices should hold firm for a while, with the previous generation Meta Quest 2 due for a price reduction soon.
Break a Sweat with the Oculus Quest 3
The days of boring and uninspired workouts are over: virtual reality experiences have breathed new life into fitness. The Meta Quest 3 is at the forefront of this new world, with a wide range of games and visuals that will have players kicking, punching, rowing, squatting, and swatting their way to real-life gains.
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