Popular social VR app VRChat is now available on the Oculus Store for Rift. Previously the app supported the Rift through SteamVR. The Steam version of the app has also been updated to use the Oculus API when used with a Rift.
Direct Oculus API support tends to deliver higher performance and better stability to Rift users than using SteamVR.
VRChat is a massively multiplayer social VR platform. Think of it as a preliminary “metaverse”- like a primitive version of the OASIS from Ready Player One. While the platform has become famous for its memes and funny moments, it can be a tool for genuinely interesting experiences and human connection.
The platform isn’t without its issues though. It has gained a reputation for harassment and trolling, which the developer pledged to address.
The update also upgrades the app to Unity 2017. Previously it was on Unity 5.6 from 2016. VRChat claims that this will bring better performance as well as improved stability, but that some user generated content will have to be updated against the new version.