After its massive $100 million USD funding raise a few months back, social virtual reality (VR) platform is gearing up to welcome even more users by expanding its mobile support. Today, the company has announced that Rec Room will support Android devices Fall 2021.
Even though Rec Room originally launched as a VR-only social app where users could hang out, play games and explore user created rooms, the platform has massively expanded support where its now available for iOS, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Steam, Oculus Quest, and PC VR headsets. So Android was always going to be on the list. Now, at least, Android owners wishing to step into Rec Room know there’s not too long to wait.
If you are interested then you can pre-register on the Google Play Store. This will allow you to earn in-game rewards, worth hundreds of thousands of points, for reaching pre-registration milestones. Because no social experience is complete with a huge array of customisation options.
While there are plenty of opportunities to play games and chat inside Rec Room, its main draw across all platforms is the ability to create your own content, all for free. This ranges from rooms to avatar accessories which you can then sell to other users for the in-game currency. These aren’t throw away tokens either. Thanks to Rec Room’s Creator Compensation Program you can actually turn the tokens into real money. There are qualification parameters but essentially once you’ve accumulated at least one million tokens you can cash out, with 1m currently worth $400.
“Rec Room is all about community. We want to build a fun and welcoming community where anyone can connect with anyone else, regardless of their location or device. Being a radically cross-platform app is the way we do that,” says Rec Room CEO Nick Fajt in a statement. “Over the past year, the number of weekly users on mobile devices increased 7x. That’s helped our communities grow, and our creators reach a much larger audience. We’re excited to double down on that momentum by inviting Android owners into Rec Room in the coming months.”
Rec Room has grown from strength to strength over the last year with 2021 already breaking its own records. The social VR app saw +500% user activity growth from 2020, with over 15 million lifetime users on the platform and over 1 million active monthly VR users. iOS downloads have increased by 600% YOY since the platform debut in 2018. When it comes to creators earning money the Rec Room team expects to pay out over $1 million by the end of the year. Some creators have even managed to earn as much as $20,000 in two months the company claims.
As Rec Room continues to expand and improve its platform, VRFocus will keep you updated.
Update: The article has been updated with a quote from Rec Room CEO Nick Fajt.