Free Apps & Films

Bigscreen Beta

Bigscreen is the mother of all VR video apps, and it’s social too. Configure your avatar and pop into virtual movie theaters to watch your own content, stream your own stuff for others to see, and watch other people’s content all while having a friendly chat. You can also rent movies, show up for bespoke movie nights, and watch all the free live TV you can shake a stick at, courtesy of a partnership with Pluto TV.

Spatial

VR productivity apps aren’t really the norm for teleworking just yet, although Spatial has gotten a lot right while making sure to have good cross-platform support for a wide range of AR, VR and traditional computing platforms. There are paid plans for business-minded users, however the free account lets you connect to up to 32 people, have unlimited meeting times, host private rooms, and store up to 5GB of stuff in the cloud.

VR Animation Player

Some of the most creative people on the planet are using the 3D painting tool Quill by Smoothstep (formerly Quill), which was recently spun out from Meta. You don’t have to own a PC though to enjoy all of those creations for yourself, because in VR Animation Theater you’ll get to see a curated selection of characters, fantastic creatures, and complete narratives in lovingly created VR animations.

Gravity Sketch

Design models, ideate products, create anything in VR with Gravity Sketch. It has the ability to import images, video, and 3D files (.jpg, .png, .mp4, .obj) and output snapshots and 3D objects (.png, .obj, .iges). Even when it was a paid app, it was a powerful and surprisingly intuitive creation suite. Now that it’s exactly $0 with no hidden gotchas, it’s even better.

On The Morning You Wake (To the End of The World)

On January 13th 2018, over a million Hawaiians got the shock of their life when the state’s Emergency Management Agency misfired, stating: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. This experience takes you through the emotional reaction to what many thought was a credible nuclear threat.

Traveling While Black

From Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams and Emmy Award-winning Felix & Paul Studios, Traveling While Black is a powerful short VR film that takes you back the heart of the civil rights struggle in the United States. Experience this mini-documentary and learn about the how black Americans traveled during a time when safety was not assured.


Update (July 19th, 2022): Updated to reflect new games and VR films that have recently released.

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  • TechPassion

    “Should” – Stop ordering people what to do. This website is mainly about advertising Facebook products. I am sick of it.

    • h4rr4r

      You should demand a refund.

      • Ron

        lol

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  • Just Another Guy

    Most of these aren’t games

    • Yeah, most are theatrical VR experiences or 360 videos. Very misleading title, there, Road.

      • Michelle Jones

        i like warching things like henry , invasion, imlooking for more stuff like that so my grandaughter can watch it, itsto hard for her to figure the controller. out…. if you know of any free onesi can geti would appreciate. it buddy

  • Also, try all the free demos of stuff like Beat Saber, Creed: Rise to Glory, Superhot, Synth Riders, etc.

    • Wild Tangent

      where are the demos?

      • Just type the names into the store and I presume they will show up. If not then I’m not actually sure to be honest.

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  • SideQuest should the #1 thing on the list. (followed by QuestORama!)

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    I miss the amazing demos that you could download for free with the original Oculus developer kit. I wish they would make a compatibility layer and let us download them again as some were among the best things I have seen in VR.

    • Chris Hollman

      You probably can still play them, I play Robo Recall on both my Quest 2 and my Reverb G2.

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  • You should have included “The Unity Cube”… it’s an experience that is so artistic and immersive… and it is free!

    BTW, Spatial now has pivoted towards being a platform to host NFTs exhibitions, you should write that

  • Ace of Spadеs

    I dont see a single game that even remotely AA, all trash that looks like it was made bny high-school kids.

    VR went downhill in 2021, only one couple AA and zero AAA games

    • Andrew Jakobs

      Funny, it’s actually the simple look of a lot of games that attracted me. I like low poly games. And I’m fully aware the current Quests aren’t capable of delivering AAA type of graphics yet. And even mainstream PC’s aren’t ready yet to drive those latest PCVR headsets without the latest highend cards which are even hard to come by, even the 3060’s are insanely expensive.

      • Ace of Spadеs

        Thats not my point, also games can be scaled, like 2D games to have graphical settings [Most VR for some reason have ZERO graphical or resolution settings]

        If you want VR to survive it has to move pass the “cheap Chinese mobile phone for cheap F2P games” kind of device.
        It has to be PS5, xbox Series X kind of device.

        That attracts Big name studios that make big name games.

        But VR is going DOWNHILL, when Rift S came out, many studios jumped on the bandwagon, Bethesda ported 2 games and made 2 VR centric ones, DOOM VR and Cyber Pilot.
        Ubisoft dipped their toes in VR and made that horror/mind game, forgot its name, also they made that rather popular Star Trek game
        Bunch of AAA games got ported, Borderlands 2 and maybe some others
        Then Alyx came out and everybody was happy, thinking THIS IS THE VR MOMENT, THIS IS WHEN big publishers jump to VR and they DIDN’T.
        The state of VR is SAD, its exactly like I said: You buy VR to play Indie games, like a poor kid buy 90$ Chinese mobile phone to play F2P games, BUT VR is far from 90$, its 400-500 for Quest 2 [With cable, new facial interface, bobovr strap and controllers straps]
        1000$ for Valve Index, 1200$ for HTC Pro 2 and 3000$ for that Varjo whatever its called.

        Facebook trying to release more games but they all right in the Indie AA area and the sad part is that Best Selling VR game is Port of Playstation 2 era Resident Evil 4!

        • Rezerlius Carnelius Mazretin

          Dude why do you have to be so damn extremely biased? I know you’re not much satisfied with the Oculus quest games but I am having the best time of my life on the Oculus quest 2 Which I just got for Christmas VR didn’t go downhill That is where you are 100% wrong It’s improving every year Of course there will be some VR games that are not AAA games but they are pretty damn amazing there are plenty of best-selling quest games I recently bought like fruit Ninja VR Resident Evil 4 VR beatsaber super hot VR Pavlov VR echo VR VRchat If you look into the best selling quest games category there is a lot of quest games worth buying If you really are looking for AAA VR games you’re better off with PC VR or PlayStation VR those are the only two platforms they have a pretty large library of AAA VR games Even I have tons of fun with PSVR games other than that there are some things the quest 2 does better than PSVR when it comes to room scale customization and the Oculus touch controllers has two thumbsticks That makes PS move motion controllers look inferior But other than that I like both the quest 2 and PS VR for different purposes Like for example I’m mostly purchased dictionary games that doesn’t require a thumbstick unlike the quest 2 I mostly purchase games that require a thumb stick for the better experience And that’s pretty much it So don’t worry VR gaming is evolving and 2022 will be the year when VR really shines.

        • Michelle Jones

          i have rez 4i likeit! wish there was somemulti init though..

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  • Beginner

    I’ve ordered this system for my wife and am wondering if there are simple VR experiences (like riding a roller coaster, or flying over/around a national park), as opposed to games, shoot-’em-ups, haunted houses/monsters and sports. I probably haven’t looked through Oculus’ full catalogue, but haven’t seen much of what we’d be looking for. Thanks in advance.

    • Heather

      Yes, there are a lot of VR experiences you can have besides just playing games.

      • Beginner

        Thanks Heather – I appreciate your responding. Can you recommend some titles?

        • Heather

          Rec Room,Altspace,BigScreen and Blades and Sorcery

    • ParaLaUAZ!

      My wife resisted our son’s request for an Oculus. She was eventually won over, but didn’t really see the value in it (not a techie) until I sat her down, pulled up YouTubeVR and sent her down the canals of Venice, one of her favourite cities to visit. She had literal tears in her eyes. So do look beyond Oculus’ own store for good VR experience.

    • Funnily, those two examples you picked are some of the worst things you could put her into, especially if you don’t want her being sick. Lol

      But, there’s loads of stuff outside of that:

      I mentioned Tales From Soda Island, which are short animations found in the VR Animation player app. Those are all really good.

      There’s All the Felix and Paul stuff, which is all 360 movies (from being aboard the ISS to watching a scene from a Jurassic World movie standing inside it), and are generally some of the best of that type in VR.

      Simple stuff but really effective for the casuals imo.

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  • All the Tales From Soda Island stuff in the VR Animation player is well worth watching.