Take the helm of a variety of different ocean vessels from small sport boats all the way up to large commercial vessels. Dynamic seas, Day/Night cycle, RADAR, GPS, "IALA A" Buoyage with NavAid/AtoN lighting systems provide a realistic sailing environment. VR & Non-VR modes supported.
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Positive (15) - 80% of the 15 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Dec 29, 2020

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We're a small team, a very small team - actually just 1 person! Launching this game via Early Access allows me to engage with the community and received feedback on what works in the game, and, more importantly, what doesn't.

Getting feedback like this is invaluable to small development teams and will allow me to produce a stable, fully featured game.

I am extremely active on the Steam forums posting game updates every week, sometimes even daily, so users can see what is being worked on and be confident that the game is being continuously developed.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“This game will be in Early Access for another 6 - 12 months”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will include a much larger number of islands based on real world locations. Currently there are 5 distinct islands (although there are also many smaller islands). The idea is to give the player the choice between doing long haul cargo transportation that could take a long time or simply transporting cargo between neighbouring islands which are obviously much closer.

The player will also be able to run their own shipping company earning money to buy new vessels. These vessels will then need to be maintained and also have the possibility to be upgraded to fit different roles.

Depending on feedback, the current cargo system can be expanded to a more "tycoon" style system where some cargo items may require other resources to be delivered before they can be created adding further depth into the simulation.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current state of the game includes...
- 11 different boats from a range of different classes
- 5 islands spread over a 200km2 play area with 7 different ports
- Random cargo/passenger transportation missions to earn money
- Dynamic sea, time of day and weather conditions
- Full controller support for joypads, wheels, pedals etc
- VR and Non-VR support
- Built in Voice Command Controls

Please note that this is an EARLY ACCESS game and, while there is plenty to do, it is not yet complete or bug free.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will not change after leaving Early Access”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“All players will be invited to join in the discussion about the game via the Steam forums where their feedback will be invaluable to the development of Powerboat VR.

The Steam forums will provide areas for players to report bugs, request help and also voice their own ideas about the game. Community inspired ideas will then be considered for inclusion in the release version of the game.”
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About This Game

Please note that this is an EARLY ACCESS game and, while there is plenty to do, it is not yet complete, bug free or fully optimised.

Take the helm of a variety of different boats/ships from small spor/power boats all the way up to oil tankers, cargo vessels and prestigious motor yachts in this realistic ship simulator.

No VR? No problem! The game is fully playable on a standard monitor. However, it is certainly best experienced in VR - sick bucket not included!

Accurate water and buoyancy physics mean each vessel reacts uniquely and realistically to the variable weather and sea conditions while RADAR, SatNav and buoys (based on real world IALA A buoyage system together with AtoN/NavAid lighting systems) provide a realistic navigation experience, especially in poor weather or pitch black night time sailing.

"CAREER MODE" need some purpose when piloting your ship? This mode creates random cargo and passenger transport missions between the islands adding a "light" career mode to the game. Earn money and work your way up from a small sport boat to the larger vessels.

"FREE PLAY MODE" allows you to drive any of the available vessels instantly and is perfect for those who simply want to sail around the map enjoying the scenery or for those who want to brush up their real world powerboating skills.

"VOICE COMMANDS" latest update adds speech recognition to the game allowing you to control your ship from the comfort of your captain's chair.

This game is continually updated on a regular basis with new boats, islands and other features. Please view the forum for Dev Notes & Previous Update History.


  • Full VR Support including virtual controls and the ability to explore your vessel.

  • Full Non-VR Support including 32:9 ultrawide monitor support and Steam DECK.

  • Full controller support for both VR and Non-VR modes - play with a gamepad, mouse & keyboard, steering wheel, pedals, throttle quadrant or any combination!

  • Built in voice recognition system so you can control your ship from the comfort of your captain's chair!

  • Custom built buoyancy, drag and water interaction systems ensure an accurate simulation of small boats, big ships and anything in-between.

  • 11 different boats available including R.I.Bs, sport boats, offshore powerboats, fishing boats, tankers, ferries and luxury motor yachts - many more to come.

  • Dynamic 3D ocean wave system with varying sea conditions based on real world scales from flat calm all the way up to "Phenomenal" (14+m high waves)

  • Varied aquatic life to spot including Sharks & Rays as well as many others.

  • Full day/night cycle with dynamic cloud system including proper pitch black night time sailing where you'll need to navigate using RADAR, GPS and even buoy lights.

  • Large map to explore with 5 islands & 9 ports based on real world locations (300km2 total explorable area - and growing!)

  • Realistic RADAR & GPS systems

  • Realistic buoys based on real world "IALA A" buoyage system together with AtoN/NavAid lighting systems

  • Unique scalable world allows you to increase the distance between islands for longer journeys and enjoy higher rewards from missions.

  • Configurable A.I. traffic system allows up to 100 other vessels to be present in game

  • Ship navigation lights

  • A.I. shipping traffic

  • Community driven project - suggest something and I'll try to make it happen!

Plus I'm very active on the Steam Forums so if you have suggestions, comments, problems or just want to pop in for a chat then please do so! :o)

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-6600K or AMD Ryzen 5 1400
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB / AMD RX Vega 56 8GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • VR Support: SteamVR
    • Additional Notes: VR Headsets supported but not required. WMR is not currently supported.
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: VR Headsets supported but not required. WMR is not currently supported.

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