Rec Room Becomes VR’s Most Important App With PSVR Launch

by Ian Hamilton • November 21st, 2017

Seattle-based Against Gravity is working on what is perhaps VR’s most important app.

Rec Room connects players across all headsets that make use of two full motion hand controllers, including Rift, Vive, PlayStation VR as well as headsets from Acer, Samsung, Lenovo, HP and Dell. Some VR software like Altspace and EVE: Valkyrie have enabled cross-play before across several headsets, but Rec Room’s multiplayer is likely to have wider reach being free and offering access to a whole bunch of fun and easily accessible activities — like paintball, charades and questing.

The game is in a beta testing phase and on Steam it carries an “overwhelmingly positive” rating after more than 1,800 reviews. Its launch on PSVR (PlayStation store link), and coming soon to the Windows Store, represents an important moment in VR’s road toward mainstream. Rec Room can become the free VR meeting place that brings together friends who bought different headsets. VR often gets criticism for being a solitary experience, but part of the reason for that is there’s no easy way for people inside different headsets to experience something fun together. Fun social VR can be one of the most compelling reasons to use a VR headset and Rec Room’s availability for free on so many devices can help lots more people have those experiences together. In other words, with Rec Room, VR headset owners have more reasons to use their gear.

Rec Room launches in open beta on the PlayStation Store today in North America, South America and the EU. It does not require PlayStation Plus to play. Against Gravity will be running an AMA on r/PSVR starting at 10 am today.

Update: Additional context added.

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  • Griffin

    your article never explains why “VR’s Most Important App With PSVR Launch”

    • Ian Hamilton

      I updated with a little more context here, but essentially “Fun social VR can be one of the most compelling reasons to use a VR headset and Rec Room’s availability for free on so many devices can help lots more people have those experiences together. In other words, with Rec Room, VR headset owners have more reasons to use their gear.”

      • Griffin

        Hi Ian,

        thanks for Clarifying and updating the article for me.

        in that case i am inclined to agree with your assessment, my only worry is that VR becomes too focus/reliant on Social VR and ends up like the wii, EG; massive mainstream/casual appeal, but no one is successful in making ‘hardcore’ stuff b/c the majority of the audience is only interested in Social vr.

        my hope is that AAA games become the Most important app Type for VR to bring mainstream Gamers rather than the mainstream Facebook crowd.

        I’m not much of a writer sorry for my ramblings.

        thanks again

        • John

          As much as I’m looking forward to diving into Rec Room, I agree with you in that I’m hoping for more AAA titles. It’s high time.

  • David D. Taylor

    Rec Room is one of the best VR apps out there. It’s one of the few that keeps me coming back, and a major reason for that, is the social element.

  • Mane Vr

    the only thing stopping me when it comes to rec room is that it’s teleport only.

    • Shawn Whiting

      As we add more features for custom rooms / games we’ll be experimenting with more locomotion options!

      • Mane Vr

        I’ll keep am eye out and go serious sam options not onward

  • impurekind

    But how can they keep this going if it’s all free? Is there any way they at least make some money from it?

  • Emmanuel Anthis

    My concern is that from the moment RecRoom came out, its the app/game i play the most! The devs has not managed yet to give me a game that i will be happy to play again and again, except that i am wrong about it because recroom is an experience rather than a game…

  • Arien Van Stralen

    It’s not hyperbole when I say that this is the most fun I’ve had with ANY game in years. Sure it highly depends on who you’re playing with, like any online game, but this is set to be the killer app for VR as long as they keep improving it. I thought the mini games would be average but almost everything has surprised and delighted me. Even little things like being able to play with a deck of cards