VRChat has been called many things: a game, an exercise, a new reality, and some even call it home. But the best part about VRChat is that you get to call it whatever you want!
The game itself pushes the boundaries of human imagination! Chatting, racing, creating, watching movies, creating art, and exploring worlds with friends and strangers alike, VRChat has it all!
What`s the VRChat Hype All About?
If you happen to be unfamiliar with the title, or just ended up here because you heard about all the hype, you’re in for a pleasant surprise! The game is a huge creative masterpiece. There are hundreds of developer- and community-designed worlds for you to experience.
Whether you want to explore secrets or take part in action-packed adventures such as Capture the Flag and innovative Racing, or even relax with creating some art – VRChat is the place to be!
The best part? None of this has to be experienced alone! Whether you have friends or not, VRChat gives you an opportunity to meet new people and interact with them in real-time. And it`s the actual people, hidden behind their custom avatars, emotes, and gestures, that make this game so unexpected and fun!
Here is a slight taste of all the unpredictable people and situations you might bump into (beware of the occasional offensive language):
You can also create your own worlds and invite people to visit and interact with your imagination! Although I would warn against thinking everybody here is the friendliest bunch. There are good apples for sure, but recent reviews have highlighted an increasingly toxic community. Be sure to contribute to the positive side of what this game is all about!
Can you Get VRChat on Oculus Quest & Quest 2 Headsets?
VRChat, originally released in 2014, was primarily designed for PC and PC VR headsets. Currently, however, the standalone/hybrid headsets from Oculus are gaining massive popularity and this raises a question for modern-day VR enthusiasts – can you also play VRChat on the Oculus Quest and Quest 2 headsets?
The short answer is that you can get VRChat on both the Quest and Quest 2 headsets. In standalone mode, you can download and play the android-optimized version of VRChat from Oculus Store. Alternatively, if you have a gaming PC, you can connect your Quest/Quest 2 and play the full-access VRChat (all avatars/worlds available) using Oculus Link or Virtual Desktop (wireless).
If you don`t have a gaming PC and are planning to play VRChat in Quest / Quest 2 standalone mode, there are some limitations to the gameplay to keep in mind.
VRChat Limitations When Playing With Quest and Quest 2 (Standalone)
1) Limited Content (Worlds / Avatars)
The biggest reason for anybody to get on board the VRChat hype train is the content: the stuff you get to see and make yourself too. It’s a constantly rewarding experience to go through hundreds of community-created worlds and interact with people from across the world!
Unfortunately, there’s plenty you won’t be able to see in VRChat with your Oculus headsets when playing in standalone mode.
Due to the limited hardware capabilities of both the Quest & Quest 2, it is impossible to render much of the content that was designed for PC capabilities in mind. This means you only have access to a limited number of optimized VRChat worlds and oftentimes won`t see custom avatars created by users (default “Robot” avatar shown instead)
2) Downgraded Graphics Quality
There’s a very noticeable difference in texture, shadows, and graphics rendering in the game between PC and Quest versions. It’s pretty clear that details were compromised in order to make VRChat run properly on the Quest / Quest 2 headsets.
Depending on what you are looking for in VRChat, the downgrades in the visual properties might make the game much less enjoyable. However, this might not be such a big problem, if you just value the human interaction and “hanging out with people” aspect of the game.
3) Bugs and Glitches
A number of users have reported several bugs and glitches being a part of the Android version of VRChat. It would seem as if complete Oculus optimization still has a long way to go.
Some commonly reported bugs are being unable to log in, repeatedly being logged out, and various virtual worlds crashing or not loading properly – something that really breaks the immersion aspect of VR.
If you find yourself facing any problems with VRChat on your Quest headset, here are a few ways you can fix commonly faced issues.
VRChat is not working on my Quest / Quest 2 headset! What to Do?
There’s a simple rule that usually helps with most technological problems these days: reset the thing causing the problem! That being said, if VRChat is not working on your Quest / Quest 2 headset, try these simple steps first:
- Reboot your headset and launch VRChat again
- Uninstall and then reinstall VRChat
- Check that all your software is up to date
- Wait for a few players to leave the world you’re trying to load
- Try another VRChat world
- Allow microphone in case of flickering black screen
- Load VRChat through desktop mode and then revert back to VR
Be sure to also follow the tips given in this article to solve various VRChat loading issues.
Keep in mind that in standalone mode, there’s currently no “fix” for poor content display and access. Some worlds are just “PC Only” because of the hardware limitations of the Quest and Quest 2.
Oculus Quest 2 Microphone Not Working in VRChat!
Microphone not working with VRChat is actually a fairly common issue for players using Oculus Link. Try these steps to resolve your problems:
- Make sure VRChat Has Microphone Access (Game library – Three dots – Permissions)
- Check Microphone and Volume in VRChat Settings
- Select Correct Input Device on Your PC
- Use “Voice Recorder” To Activate the Mic
- Check Mic Volume (Windows)
- Disable “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device”
- Disable “Hear Computer Audio in VR” (Oculus Software)
- Allow Access in Windows “Microphone privacy settings”
- Make sure you are wearing the headset when testing changes.
I have covered steps three to nine in my previous article 7 Ways To Fix Oculus Quest 2 Mic Not Working (Oculus Link) Be sure to check the article out for further clarification about fixing the issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
Now let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions for VR Chat on the Oculus Quest and Quest 2 headsets.
Does VRChat Support Oculus Quest 2 Hand Tracking?
As you probably know, hand tracking utilizes the in-built cameras of the Quest / Quest 2 to track your hands and fingers, eliminating the need for controllers. This would be super handy in VRChat – but you can actually do it?
Officially, VRChat does not support the hand tracking features of Oculus Quest or Quest 2. However, if you are playing the PC VR version of VRChat, basic hand tracking will work when using either Virtual Desktop or ALVR to stream VRChat to your headset.
With Virtual Desktop, it pretty much works out of the box. Once in VRChat, just drop your controllers and it will start tracking your hands instead. Keep in mind that you can only do the same gestures as you would using your Touch controllers, and the overall experience is a bit finicky. Another downside is that you really can not interact or move around in VRChat without the controllers.
See the video below for a better understanding of how the hand tracking works using Virtual Desktop:
As an alternative choice, you could use ALVR as the streaming application to get hand tracking in VRChat with your Quest / Quest 2 headset. This option is the more advanced of the two since it is actually able to track your finger movements by selecting the “Valve Index” controller emulator mode from the settings.
Again, however, the main downside is that you can not really move around in the game without the controllers. Additionally, there seems to be some lag with tracking your hand and finger movement. If you are interested, this Youtube video shows the whole setup process and offers some workarounds for the movement issues.
How to Move Around in VRChat
By default VRChat has teleport mode enabled and you move around by holding down the joystick on the left controller to point your avatar where you want to move. Use the joystick on the right controller to turn and rotate around your axis. For jumping press the “A” button on your right controller.
Teleporting in any VR game is a pretty big turnoff for me personally. It just ruins the immersive experience, even though some people understandably get more motion sickness from walking.
If you prefer walking instead of teleporting, go to VRChat settings (using the menu button on left controller) and turn off “Holoport (3P Locomotion)” option. This way you can walk around by holding down the joystick button on the left controller.
Check out the full list of VR controls for VRChat from this link.
How to Get Custom VRChat Avatars for Oculus Quest / Quest 2
When cosplay meets virtual reality, the best you can get is custom avatars! And who wouldn’t want those? Some of your best moments with VRChat are likely to be because you did some crazy stunt as Homer Simpson.
VRChat has an expansive library of default avatars, from humans to aliens to some animals too. Still, getting custom avatars is worth every effort! Your imagination is your only limit with this game.
The easisest way to get a custom VRChat avatar is to use ReadyPlayerMe, that lets you upload your photo and turns it into an avatar. You can then customize the avatar further (hair, clothes, etc) and finally upload it to VRChat. Alternatively, if you want more freedom and options, you can use VRChat Software Development Kit and Unity to create a custom avatar for VRChat.
1) Use ReadyPlayerMe to Create Your Custom Avatar for VRChat
Creating an avatar for VRChat using ReadyPlayerMe VRChat Avatar creator is as simple as it gets. You can actually get your avatar created and loaded into VRChat in less than 10 minutes and anybody can do it!
Just go to ReadyPlayerMe and click on “Create Avatar”. You can then either upload an existing photo of you, or use web camera to take one. After that the program automatically creates a human form avatar that you can then customize further (changing hair, eyes, beard, …)
When you are satisfied with the result, you can either download the model to your computer or upload it straight to VRChat. Once uploaded, the new avatar appears in your VRChat avatar settings and you can start using it in the game right away. The avatars created in ReadyPlayerMe are cross-platform and can be used with your Oculus Quest / Quest 2 in standalone mode.
2) Create Custom Avatar for VRchat Using VRChat SDK and Unity
Follow these steps to get custom avatars using VRChat SDK and Unity game engine.
- Download the VRChat Software Development Kit (SDK).
- Download Unity – yes, the fancy gaming engine you might have heard about.
- Launch Unity once it finishes installing, and create a new 3-D project.
- Name the project anything you’d like!
- Close the project.
- Launch the SDK file.
- Find the project file name you created earlier and open it
- From the pop-up menu, select “Import” and wait a while so technology can do its thing
- From the toolbar at the top, go to “VRChat SDK” and click on “Settings”
- Log in using your VRChat account. Your steam account or any other won’t cut it for this.
- Begin creating your avatar!
Your greatest ally in this valiant effort is perhaps the Unity Assets Store, where you can find a bunch of assets that would make the creation process way easier!
If you decide to use this asset store, once you download the particular asset pack choose to open it in Unity to automatically add it to your project.
Do make sure that your avatar works as intended before you decide to publish it! If you’re unfamiliar with the basics of designing your avatar, check out this article for more details.
Does VRChat Support Full Body Tracking With Quest / Quest 2?
When you use your Quest / Quest 2 in standalone to play VRChat, it is currently not possible to get full body tracking. However, if you own a gaming PC and use the Quest`s PC VR capabilities, full body tracking in VRChat is possible with HTC Vive Trackers or using Kinect.
Some Avatars Not Loading in VRChat With Quest / Quest 2?
Due to hardware limitations, many of the PC avatars will not load when you use your Quest / Quest 2 in standalone mode to play VRChat . To see all the avatars in VRChat, you will need to use your headset in PC VR mode by using either Virtual Desktop (wireless) or Oculus Link.
All this being said, VRChat is a fantastic experience whether you’re a gamer, an artist, a friendly figure, or anything in between and beyond. Just be wary of the reported toxicity taking over the community, and play your part in making VRChat great again!