While Oculus doesn’t offer much publicly in the way of understanding how well individual apps are performing across its VR storefronts, it’s possible to glean some insight by looking at apps relative to each other. Here’s a snapshot of the top 20 Oculus Quest games and apps as of August 2021.

ℹ️ Why We Publish This Data

While the SteamVR library already has a comprehensive tracking database thanks to SteamDB, Steam 250, and more, no similar database exists to track applications on Oculus storefronts. We publish this data to give users, developers, and analysts insight into the Oculus app landscape.

Some quick qualifications before we get to the data:

  • Paid and free apps are separated
  • Only apps with more than 100 reviews are represented
  • App Lab apps are not represented
  • Rounded ratings may appear to show ‘ties’ in ratings for some applications, but the ranked order remains correct

Best Rated Paid Oculus Quest Apps

The rating of each application is an aggregate of user reviews and a useful way to understand the general reception of each title by customers.

Rank Name Rating (# of ratings) Rank Change Price
#1 The Room VR: A Dark Matter 4.89 (7,612) $30
#2 Cubism 4.85 (433) $10
#3 Walkabout Mini Golf 4.85 (3,334) $15
#4 Swarm 4.83 (999) ↑ 1 $25
#5 Moss 4.82 (4,870) ↓ 1 $30
#6 I Expect You To Die 4.81 (3,645) $25
#7 Warplanes: WW1 Fighters 4.8 (980) New $20
#8 The Thrill of the Fight 4.8 (5,920) ↓ 1 $10
#9 YUKI 4.79 (110) New $20
#10 GORN 4.78 (4,676) ↓ 2 $20
#11 Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted 4.77 (6,004) ↓ 1 $30
#12 Pistol Whip 4.77 (7,059) ↓ 1 $30
#13 ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos 4.77 (886) ↓ 4 $40
#14 In Death: Unchained 4.75 (2,891) $30
#15 Yupitergrad 4.74 (370) ↓ 2 $15
#16 Trover Saves the Universe 4.74 (1,661) ↓ 1 $30
#17 Racket: Nx 4.73 (1,506) ↓ 1 $20
#18 SUPERHOT VR 4.72 (13,299) ↓ 6 $25
#19 Down the Rabbit Hole 4.72 (1,105) ↓ 1 $20
#20 Job Simulator 4.72 (7,742) ↓ 3 $20

Rank change & stats compared to July 2021

Dropouts:
Vacation Simulator, Until You Fall

  • Among the 20 best rated Quest apps
    • Average rating (mean): 4.8 out of 5 (±0)
    • Average price (mean): $23 (–$1)
    • Most common price (mode): $30 (±$0)
  • Among all paid Quest apps
    • Average rating (mean): 4.3 out of 5 (±0)
    • Average price (mean): $19 (±0)
    • Most common price (mode): $20 (±$0)

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  • Christian Schildwaechter

    First of all, thanks for the effort, because it really help to understand where (mobile) VR is going.

    And second, a small meta analysis about the development of sales for the last year, for which you provided monthly comparisons. This covers all the months after the release of the Quest 2 in 2020-10-13.

    Monthly change in median new ratings for the top 20 payed apps:
    2020-11 +93
    2020-12 +307
    2021-01 +480
    2021-02 +385
    2021-03 -25
    2021-04 -82
    2021-05 +50
    2021-06 +39
    2021-07 +29
    2021-08 -118

    I wlll assume that the number of reviews is sort of stable in relation to sales. Be aware that these are the number of reviews, not the reviews ratings, and it is the median, not the average. So a negative number doesn’t mean users were lost or ratings got worse. Instead it most likely indicates that a new game made it into the top 20 and pushed out an older title with more total ratings, e.g. Stride and Warplanes: WW1 Fighters in August.

    New ratings can either come from new users buying any titles, or existing users buying titles they don’t already own, which will often mean new releases. So this represents a mix of Quest sales and VR game releases, but new Quest owners will most likely buy a similar amount of games, only delayed. And with the Top 20 dominated by older titles like Beat Saber, Superhot VR or Gorn, the changes will mostly represent new sales of Quest 2.

    So this looks like an initial rush to buy games after the Quest 2 release and the following holiday season, and then a rather sharp cool down. Even if not everyone could fine a Quest 2 to give as a Christmas present, by end of January 2021 all the delayed gifts should have arrived, and it is a bad sign that the numbers drop so shortly after that. This indicates not only that the Quest sales numbers fell significantly, but also that most people either only play a few games all the time, or, more likely, largely stop playing in VR.

    This means user retention on Quest is still very bad, and future software releases cannot necessarily count on sales to users that bought their Quest half a year ago. We recently got the first somewhat solid numbers with the 4M units sold in the US mentioned in the face pad recall, with estimates between 5M and 8M globally. We will have to also look at how many of these are still in active use.

    • benz145

      Good input, though there’s a lot of variables at play. Here’s some more data just for you that might help the assessment:
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/869060b37ac1ede25fc36d25f0baf80484fa510ced614d371cf0b08b98af2209.png

      • Christian Schildwaechter

        Yeah, the problem with extracting information from fuzzy data is realizing at which point the accumulated error becomes so large that one has passed into pure speculation territory.

        The graph is kind of depressing. I assumed the peak in January/February was caused by Gorn, which after a short check seems to be responsible for just about 1/6th of the new reviews, and about 40% of all Gorn reviews are from the first month. I would have expected a lot more spikes, as people wait for and then buy new releases. There obviously are spikes, but their impact is smaller. I’m usually not exactly overly optimistic about the VR market, but still expected the numbers to be better. With the current “steady” development it will be very difficult to convince larger studios to invest.

        [I haven’t seen the raw data, but it looks like the graph shows data not sampled daily, but at several distinct, not necessarily regular dates, with the values averaged over the period. Using a line chart for this type of data makes it look like there is a steady increase/decrease between to data points, which isn’t really the case, e.g. there was no sudden peak on February 1st. A bar chart is usually recommended when showing accumulated values.]

        • benz145

          You’re right about the graph being sampled data, each join in the line is a sample.

          The line graph should be fairly accurate (and a bar graph should read essentially the same way) in this case because the number of reviews since the last sample is divided by the number of days since the last sample. More data points would show finer changes, but the overall trend is accurately represented AFAIK.

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