No plans to go out tonight? Consider ringing in the New Year from the comfort of your cozy home by joining the virtual celebrations in High Fidelity, VRChat, or AltspaceVR where they’re celebrating New Year’s Eve in VR around the world.
High Fidelity, VRChat, and AltspaceVR are among the most active social VR spaces, and all three platforms are holding open New Year’s Eve celebrations across timezones to celebrate the start of 2019.
High Fidelity is celebrating New Year’s Eve with a ball drop in every timezone. The fun goes down in ‘TheSpot’ a virtual venue that’s been dressed for the occasion. Best to refresh your memory on the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne as “spirited singing” is promised.
- Available on: Steam (Rift, Vive, WMR), Oculus (Rift), Daydream [alpha]
- How to join: Find your way to TheSpot in High Fidelity, which you can navigate to directly with this link, provided you have High Fidelity installed.
The VRChat community has given the VR Times Square venue a complete makeover for the celebrations. The ball will drop at midnight in every timezone and you can expect plenty of dancing and probably some anime inspired avatars. Additionally the DDVR community is hosting dance party celebrations in various virtual clubs with live DJs to set the mood of the New Year. The full schedule of DDVR New Year’s Eve club parties can be found here.
- Available on: Steam (Vive, Rift, WMR, PC), Oculus (Rift)
- How to join: Open the Quick Menu and navigate to ‘Worlds’. Search by ‘Active Worlds’ to find VR Times Square. To join the DDVR club parties, send a friend request to the host listed for the event in the full schedule and then join the host.
AltspaceVR is planning to ring in the New Year by livestreaming various real world New Year’s Eve countdowns into the virtual venue, with a final livestream celebration from New York’s Times Square at 12AM ET / 9PM PT.
- Available on: Steam (Rift, Vive, WMR, PC), Oculus (Rift), Android (Daydream, Gear VR), PC
- How to join: Navigate to the ‘New Year’s Eve Worldwide Countdown Celebrations’ event inside of AltspaceVR, or join directly into the space using the ‘Enter Now’ button on the event page.
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Wherever you wind up this evening, be safe and have a wonderful start to your 2019!