Best VR Racing Games 2024

Shot from the cockpit of a car racing on a dirt track in Gran Turismo 7.
Credit: Polyphony Digital

Shot from the cockpit of a car racing on a dirt track in Gran Turismo 7.
Credit: Polyphony Digital

Now that we're in 2024, the selection of virtual reality games available is at an all-time high. The level of detail and immersion on offer from some of the top titles out there is breathtaking, and this all rings true for racing as well. However, this makes finding the best VR racing games overwhelming at times. That's why we've put together this guide to run you through all the best options so you don't have to research yourself.

To make our picks, we've predominately focused on the gameplay, although we've also factored in compatibility with some of the best VR headsets for racing, like the Meta Quest 3, along with the platforms they're playable on. Certain games, like Gran Turismo 7, make the cut because of this, as it's one of the only ones compatible with PSVR 2. Of course, its great gameplay helps, but having PSVR 2 support is a huge boon in the racing VR realm.

So, if you've already got one of the best racing wheels on the market and a top VR headset to go with it, why not give one, two, or all of these video games a try if you're a sim racing fan?

Best VR racing games

  1. Gran Turismo 7 - best console game in VR
  2. Automobilista 2 - an excellent racing title for PC
  3. DiRT Rally 2.0 - arguably the greatest VR racing game, at least for rallying
  4. F1 24 - a great option for Formula One fans
  5. Assetto Corsa Competizione - best alternative to all the above
A first-person shot from a vehicle cockpit on a track in Gran Turismo 7.
expand image
Credit: Polyphony Digital

Gran Turismo 7

Best console racing game in VR

Compatibility: PlayStation VR 2

Following the 1.29 update in 2023, Gran Turismo 7 became available to play on the PSVR 2 system, breathing a whole new lease of life in this excellent racing title.

When teamed with one of the best force feedback or direct drive wheels, Gran Turismo 7 is an absolute gem to play in virtual reality, allowing you to quite literally sit in the driver's seat of more than 450 vehicles and race until your heart's content.

In terms of the gameplay, you're in for a treat. It offers some of the most realistic racing visuals on console across over 90 track routes. It also has dynamic weather conditions, and it's got a whole host of customization options to explore in the Tuning Shop. If you don't believe how good it is, read our review to find out more.

Reasons to buy:

  • One of the best VR racing games available on console
  • It has great graphics and tons of vehicles to drive

Read More: Best racing game deals

First-person shot from Automobilista 2 of someone in white and orange gloves racing from a car cockpit on a rainy track.
expand image
Credit: Reiza Studios

Automobilista 2

Best PC racing game in VR

Compatibility: SteamVR, Meta Quest (PC VR gaming)

Automobilista 2 is another game that puts you right in the center of all the on-track thrills and spills, making it a particularly great title to play in VR through a PC. We say that as it's only available on PC, so just bear in mind you're going to need one of the best gaming PCs or laptops along with a headset to play it.

If you happen to have all of that already, then Automobilista 2 won't disappoint you. At its core, it's a comprehensive simulation of Brazilian motorsports, incorporating a ton of major Brazilian racing series, race tracks, and manufacturers. However, a lot of this is customizable, and there are a bunch of legendary vehicles to drive like the mighty Group C Porsche 962c.

You can even drive karts if you want to, and with each race, you'll have to contend with dynamic weather and track conditions, with varying wind speeds and temperatures creating a unique driving experience every time.

Reasons to buy:

  • It's a comprehensive simulation of Brazilian motorsports
  • Dynamic weather and track conditions will really test your skills

Read More: Best deals on sim racing gear

A shot from inside a rally car cockpit in DiRT Rally 2.0 featuring a driver and co-pilot with a notepad in front of them.
expand image
Credit: Codemasters
Shot taken from trailer

DiRT Rally 2.0

Best rally racing game in VR

Compatibility: SteamVR, Meta Quest (PC VR gaming)

DiRT Rally 2.0 tends to be at the top of most people's lists of the best VR racing games; however, be warned, this game is unforgiving and challenging, which we guess is realistic to what it's like being in a rally car in real life.

When you're in VR, this game is a true test of your instincts and driving ability. You tackle real-life off-road environments in New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia, and the USA, with your only "help", if you could call it that, being your co-driver. It's seriously tough, and will likely take some getting used to. Once you crack it though, you'll get hours and hours of enjoyment out of it.

The game boasts 50 historic and modern-day rally cars to drive across the six real rally locations, as mentioned, and you can take part in your own solo Career Campaign or jump online and race against real-life rivals. There's plenty to do and plenty of fun to be had racing in VR playing DiRT Rally 2.0.

Reasons to buy:

  • It's VR is highly rated, although very tricky to master
  • You can play a solo career or jump online and compete against the best

Read More: Best racing wheels for PS5

A red Ferrari racing on a track shot from the back in F1 24.
expand image
Credit: EA

F1 24

Have an opinion on this article? We'd love to hear it!

Best F1 racing game in VR

Compatibility: SteamVR, Meta Quest (with Link cable)

If you're a Formula One fan, there's really only one dedicated F1 game that fits the bill as the best VR racing game going - F1 24.

Now, the virtual reality is arguably not quite as well optimized as some of the other games on this list. However, F1 22 was the first F1 game to integrate VR, and things have improved at this point. Therefore, with the right setup behind it, you can enjoy raw speeds that are unmatched in other racing titles.

In terms of game modes, there are of course solo and multiplayer races to battle in alongside Career Mode and My Team. There's plenty to keep you entertained, especially if you play in VR, and you get to enjoy all the latest driver lineups and team aesthetics too.

Reasons to buy:

  • The best option if you want to experience F1 in VR
  • There are tons of game modes to explore, including the Career Mode and My Team

Read More: Best wheels for Xbox

Shot from inside a vehicle cockpit in Assetto Corsa Competizione, with the driver racing on a rainy track.
expand image
Credit: Kunos Simulazioni
Shot from trailer

Assetto Corsa Competizione

Best alternative racing game in VR

Compatibility: SteamVR, Meta Quest (PC VR gaming)

Assetto Corsa Competizione is essentially the equivalent of an F1 or rally game for GT3 vehicles. As such, you can race in Sprint, Endurance, and even Spa 24 Hours races behind the wheel of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens, and more, all while enjoying the pure accuracy this game offers in VR.

Realism is the selling point of Assetto Corsa games, as they're designed to faithfully recreate the performance and the driving experience of real GT cars. Tyre grip, aerodynamics, engine parameters, and so much more all influence your car's balance, and any damage you incur on the track will likely cause havoc to your driving.

Graphically, the game boasts the use of Unreal Engine 4, so offers a realistic representation of scenarios, car materials, and weather conditions. And, when it comes to game modes, you have the option of Career, Championship, and Free Play, or you can take your skills online and play multiplayer if you wish.

Reasons to buy:

  • It's a hyper-realistic racing game, both in VR and out of it
  • Unreal Engine 4 helps the graphics look their best

Read More: Best budget racing wheels

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get the latest racing game news and deals straight to your inbox!

This Article's Topics

Explore new topics and discover content that's right for you!

Have an opinion on this article? We'd love to hear it!