Which Social VR Platforms Will Be Available When the Oculus Quest Ships—And Which Won’t

Mark Zuckerberg Announces the Shipping Date of the Oculus Quest at the F8 Developers Conference Keynote on April 30th, 2019

VentureBeat has posted a complete list of all 53 games and apps which will be available at the launch of the Oculus Quest standalone VR headset on May 21st, 2019. And there are a few surprises!

First, let’s do a breakdown of the Top 12 most popular social VR platforms:

Will the social VR platform be available for the Oculus Quest at launch on May 21st, 2019?

Yes, It WillNo, It Won’t
– Bigscreen
– Rec Room
– VRChat
– AltspaceVR
– Facebook Spaces
– High Fidelity
– Oculus Rooms
– Sansar
– Sinespace
– Somnium Space
– TheWaveVR
– vTime

What’s really surprising is what is on the “no” side of the chart. I never expected to see Sansar on the Quest, since it has such high-end requirements. I’m also not surprised to see High Fidelity in the “no” column, despite Philip Rosedale’s promise that they were planning to launch on the Quest. High Fidelity has other problems on its hands at the moment, and trying to fit a pared-down version of High Fidelity onto the Oculus Quest has probably not been a high priority.

But I was extremely surprised to see that both AltspaceVR and vTime were not among the launch titles. Why? Because both social VR spaces already run on just about any VR hardware you can throw at it, including cellphone-based VR solutions. But either those two companies didn’t apply to be considered, or (more likely) they didn’t make Facebook’s much more stringent content curation for the Quest.

Also a surprise was zero mention of any successor to Facebook Spaces and Oculus Rooms. Or is Facebook going all in on Oculus Home? I refuse to believe that they are not doing something to bring together Oculus VR hardware users (Rift, Quest, and Go) in some way. We’ll know more on May 21st.

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