We've mentioned VRChat a few times (Issues 3 and 7 of the newsletter) but we feel it almost needs no introduction. With over 26,000 worlds, thousands of hours per month logged of community time, and plenty of press, when people are describing social VR they are usually talking about VRChat.
Neos VR is a social platform with exceptionally customizable avatar controls, supports full body and facial tracking hardware, and has very well developed in-game building tools to create games and fun enhancements to the world. We really liked that the community also put a lot of effort into documentation which covers topics like how to read the room and how to be a good host along with how to make art, emotes, and environments.
Called by some the Second Life of social VR, this fast-growing platform has some of the broadest options for fashion, realistic avatars, and scenery with an option to become a creator to share & monitize custom content. With both Unity Asset Store and Daz3D asset imports and fine tuned character editing, the quality of its scenes are pretty high. Experience worlds interactively with their viewer on desktop or mobile devices, with or without VR.
Rec Room's cartoony aesthetic doesn't always do justice to the power its creation tools gives players, but we feel helps keep it approachable and fun for anyone looking for a truly casual social experience. Cross platform support for both the application and experience allows players on iOS, Xbox, and PlayStation to share a world with players using a more traditional VR headset. Boasting millions of player created worlds and venues the chances you'll find a fun game or place to hang out with your friends is exceedingly high.
This exceptionally popular, kid-friendly massively multiplayer online (MMO) experience also has VR compatibility using PC VR. Very dedicated content creators are hard at work releasing fun, interactive VR experiences built within the platform. HackerNoon has a list of VR worlds you should visit if you want to see some of the more popular worlds currently available.