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Back in February Oculus launched App Lab for Quest which allows developers to distribute their games on the headset without going through Oculus’ curation process. There’s now 501 games and apps available on App Lab, nearly double the number of apps on the main Quest store.

Update – August 10th, 2021

There’s now 501 apps available for Quest via App Lab, according to submissions tracked by App Lab DB. In just six months, the number of apps on App Lab has nearly doubled the number of apps on the main Quest store, which stands at 298 after more than two years of operation.

The discrepancy shows that many more developers would like to be on the main store than Oculus allows. To date we’re only aware of one app that made the leap from App Lab to the main Quest store.

App Lab apps are functionally ‘unlisted’ (unsearchable) in the main Quest store, but receive a normal store page which can be accessed directly via a URL and installed with a single click once logged in, just like any Quest app in the main store. The difference is that Oculus picks and chooses which apps to include in the main Quest store based on some qualitative criteria, while App Lab apps don’t need to meet any specific bar outside of being technically sound.

Since its launch on February 3rd, and reaching 501 apps as of today, Oculus has approved an average of 2.7 apps per day to App Lab, which is up slightly compared to the first four months of App Lab. The main Quest store sits at 298 apps. Given the time since the launch of the main Quest store, that’s an average of 0.37 apps added to the store per day.

For additional context, the number of Oculus PC applications sits around 1,800, with Go applications also at 1,800, and SteamVR applications around 5,000. Though all of these platforms have been around for years longer, none of them have been subject to the sort of curation that Oculus has imposed on Quest applications in the headset’s main store.

Below is a breakdown of the top 20 App Lab applications by rating and popularity.

Best Rated Quest Games in App Lab

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

Most Popular Quest Games in App Lab

The number of ratings gives a ballpark idea of the relative popularity of each title; a title with more ratings is likely to have been downloaded more than a title with less, though there’s certainly an unknown margin of error.


If you’re interested in similar charts for the main Quest store, see our latest charts.

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In February 2021, Facebook launched App Lab, a service for easily installing experimental, non-store content on your Oculus Quest. Check out our guide on how to use App Lab for more on how to use—for now, check out our picks for the best App Lab games available at the time of writing.


Before App Lab, the only way to install non-store content on your Quest was via sideloading, a somewhat laborious method that required registering as a developer and installing apps over a wired connection. While sideloading remains a viable method, the main (and easiest) way to install non-store content on your Quest is through App Lab now.

However, unlike the Oculus Store, App Lab doesn’t have a store front or an official interface on your headset to browse everything that’s available. We’ve detailed how you can easily find and install App Lab content on your Quest already. However, to make it easier to choose what to play, we’ve summed up what we think are some of the best games available through App Lab at the time of writing.

The following list is presented in a random order and is not ranked. Many of the games listed are closer to tech demos and short experiences rather than the full, more complete games you’ll find on the store, or are still in development. That’s just the nature of App Lab content.

Check back for updates over the next few months as new App Lab content gets released.


Deisim

In Deisim, you are given the power of a God, which you use to grant your subjects new materials and tiles of land so they can progress their civilization.

It’s a simple game that takes cues from classic God-games and civilization building games, but with a little less strategy and depth. As you expand your world by building new areas and granting new materials, you’ll unlock more terrain types and useful items to gift to your subjects. Over time, each city will gradually build themselves up, progressing from the stone age to the industrial revolution.

Deisim is available for $7.99.


Ancient Dungeon Beta

Ancient Dungeon is reminiscent of classic dungeon crawlers but with some roguelike twists.

Equipped with just a sword and a throwing knife, you’ll fight your way through procedurally generated dungeons and find various power-ups along the way. The visual inspiration behind the game is clear — it’s a slightly more detailed and polished version of the Minecraft aesthetic that has become so prominent since 2011. That’s not a knock on the game at all though — it pulls the style off well and runs incredibly smooth.

Ancient Dungeon is available for free through App Lab.


V-Speedway Alpha

There’s only very few racing games available on Quest, and V-Speedway is a basic yet spirited attempt to tackle the genre.

It’s bare bones at the moment, with only a single race mode against 11 AI opponents and a separate time trial mode. That being said, the novelty of sitting in a car with a virtual steering wheel and working side-view mirror is something you can’t find elsewhere on Quest. The controls, gameplay, and graphics are all very basic, but if you’re desperate for some kind of standalone racing experience on Quest without a sci-fi or combat aesthetic, this might do it.

The game was also recently updated with some big improvements and additions — there’s new car shaders and a brighter environment, along with a new AI system and several difficult levels. There’s also “improved drifting dynamics” and changes that make collisions less frustrating.

V-Speedyway Alpha is available for free through App Lab.


Puzzling Places Beta

This game mixes traditional puzzles piece gameplay with 3D models captured using photogrammetry.

There’s now six 3D jigsaw puzzles in the game made out of the models, which get progressively harder and range from 20 pieces up to 200. Each of the models is scanned from a real location — there’s an Armenian monastery, a Japanese castle, and many more locations to piece together.

Puzzling Places Beta is available for free through App Lab.


Tiny Castles

In Tiny Castles you play as a god who has to protect their followers from attacking enemies using a bunch of inventive attacks that use hand tracking.

The team at Facebook behind the game say it was developed first and foremost as a showcase of hand tracking rather than a full game, and so it “lacks real challenge and difficulty balancing.” That being said, if you’re looking for an app that shows you a bunch of interesting hand tracking interactions, this is the one.

Tiny Castles is available for free through App Lab.


MultiBrush

Earlier this year, Tilt Brush went open source, opening up the floodgates for other developers to add their own spin to the popular VR art creation tool. One of the most impressive results is MultiBrush by Rendever.

It’s a free, multiplayer version of Tilt Brush that lets you and one other player join a shared room so both can use Tilt Brush in the same space as one another, working on the same piece or on different pieces in the same space. There are a few caveats still (such as the frustrating lack of multiplayer support for the undo function) but overall it’s an impressive (and free) version of Tilt Brush that supports multiplayer.

MultiBrush is available through App Lab for free.


Warplanes: WW1 Fighters

Before Warplanes was available on App Lab, we called it one of the most polished releases available on SideQuest. The statement stands true for Warplanes on App Lab — there’s a level of polish here that has yet to be matched by other App Lab releases.

Warplanes lets you take control of WWI biplanes in combat missions that make up a full game campaign. The current version of Warplanes includes a full Central Powers campaign, with 6 German planes to choose from, but there’s even more content on the way. The next version will include a Triple Entente campaign and 3 associated aircraft.

Warplanes: WW1 Fighters is available for $14.99 through App Lab.


Gorilla Tag

Gorilla Tag experienced a huge surge in popularity early this year and it has quickly become the latest multiplayer VR craze.

The concept is simple — everyone plays as leg-less gorillas who can only move by propelling themselves across the ground with the grip of their arms. Expert players can use this to their advantage, quickly vaulting themselves up trees and structures like true gorillas. Combine this unique and deep locomotion system with a giant game of tag and you have Gorilla Tag.

You can read more here.

Gorilla Tag is available for free through App Lab, including cross-play with PC VR.


Guardians

Guardians is a cross between a normal FPS and an RTS game, with bits of both genre sprinkled throughout.

You’ve got all your standard sci-fi FPS weapons and gunplay, along with the ability to spawn allies and place fortifications on the go in an RTS-like manner. There’s a single player campaign in development, along with multiplayer PVP and co-op PVE, with cross-play between Quest and PC VR.

Guardians is available for $14.99 through App Lab.


Arcaxer

Arcaxer is a VR RPG that incorporates procedurally generated dungeons with a mix of both first-person and third-person action.

Described by the developers as a “VR RPG with a 3rd-person overworld,” you’ll explore using an isometric third person view and then head into first-person when engaging in combat. It’s worth noting that, like many App Lab releases, Arcaxer is still in development and not a finished game.

Arcaxer is available for $24.99 on App Lab, however there’s also a free demo version available to try out via App Lab as well.


Peco Peco

Peco Peco is a unique VR puzzler that consists of some beautiful 3D models, which each break off into small pieces that you’ll have to put back together.

It’s a giant 3D jigsaw, similar to Puzzling Places. However, instead of models of real-life objects or places captured using photogrammetry, Peco Peco has a number of unique 3D models designed by 21 creators.

Peco Peco is available for $9.99 through App Lab.


Crisis VRigade Series

There’s two entries in the Crisis VRigade series, both offering something slightly different. The original Crisis VRigade merges voxel-style graphics with FPS gameplay reminiscent of the Time Crisis arcade games. It has the option to be played solo or in co-op mode with a friend.

The second entry, Crisis VRigade 2, keeps the Time Crisis vibe but ups the difficulty significantly and goes for a visual style that’s more modern, leaving the voxels behind. At launch, co-op multiplayer wasn’t supported, but has since been added in a post-launch update. You can now go solo or multiplayer through Crisis VRigade 2’s gauntlet of unforgiving FPS set pieces.

Crisis VRigade is available for $5.99 and Crisis VRigade 2 is available for $19.99, both through App Lab.


To The Top

Originally released on PC VR in 2017 and then on PSVR in 2018, To The Top was hoping to release on the Oculus Quest in 2019. However, it didn’t get approved for official release when going through Facebook’s strict curation and approval process. It then launched as a paid release on SideQuest, but has since moved over to App Lab, making it easier to install than ever. You can read more about the Quest version of the game here.

To The Top is available on App Lab for $19.99.


Pavlov Shack Beta

This popular shooter is a spin-off, pared down version of the original (Pavlov) that is now available in beta on App Lab, after previously releasing on SideQuest. Whether the whole game will launch on the Oculus Store officially is yet to be seen, but for now you can try out the multiplayer military shooter through App Lab.

Pavlov Shack is available for free on App Lab for Quest.


VRtuos

VRtuos is an experimental way to learn piano with a VR headset. It requires you to own a physical piano, to which you calibrate the app. Once set up correctly, VRtuos’ virtual piano will align fairly well with a physical piano. The virtual keys won’t make any sounds — you’ll need to play the physical piano for that — but the app will teach you a piano piece by overlaying notes falling onto the virtual keys, while also tracking your hands’ movement to display in VR.

It’s not perfect, but when we tried it over a year ago, it was good enough for us to learn the Tetris theme on piano entirely in VR with VRtuos calibrated to match a physical piano.

VRtuos is available for free on App Lab for Quest.


Maloka

Maloka is a wonderful app that provides you with a fantastic way to meditate in VR. You’ll be placed on your own island, which you can customize with rewards earned through meditation sessions. The guided meditation sessions take place in a psychedelic vortex, where you’re encouraged to align your breathing to the contractions and expansions of the patterns around you.

Whether you’re new to meditation or an experienced veteran, Maloka is great option that offers a visual meditation experience in VR that you can’t get from your standard audio track.

It’s available for free via App Lab, along with a companion mobile app for iOS. You can read more here.


Sport Mode

Sport Mode is unashamedly a Boneworks clone and a follow up to Physics Playground. It gives you a barren arena-style environment and lets you play around with a Boneworks-like physics system, using weapons of the gun and melee variety in a simple wave-based mode. It also supports 120Hz, but that might put a bit of stress on your Quest.

Sport Mode is available for $9.99 via App Lab now. You can read more here.


Touring Karts

Touring Karts is a VR racing game clearly inspired by Mario Kart. It first launched on PC VR and PSVR and is now available for free on Quest via App Lab, with a story mode and online multiplayer (including cross-play). There’s also a paid pro version for $14.99, which provides you access to customization options and unlockable vehicles.

Touring Karts is available for free on App Lab for Quest. The pro version is also available on App Lab for $14.99.


What are you favorite App Lab games? Let us know in the comments.

Are you a developer submitting your game to App Lab? Send us some details to [email protected] and we might take a look!

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Facebook have introduced a new method of Quest app distribution. App Lab allows you to easily install non-store content onto your Quest headset.

Since launch, Oculus Quest has been a console-like platform, with the Oculus Store as the official method for installing apps on your device. Developers have to submit a pitch for their app to be made available on the Quest store, with Facebook enacting a strict curation policy.

However, as of February 2021, App Lab presents Quest users and developers with an alternate method to distribute, find and install Quest content that is not yet available on the official store. This opens the floodgates for Quest users and developers, providing an easier way to install experimental VR content from outside the Oculus Store.

However, as App Lab apps are not held up to the same approval process as the Oculus Store, many App Lab apps will be works in progress, unstable or of lower quality overall than official store content. App Lab apps can be free or paid, with multiple easy installation options.

Here’s how to install App Lab apps on Oculus Quest.

How is App Lab different to sideloading?

App Lab and sideloading are similar in that both of them provide a way to install non-store content on your Quest. However, App Lab is Facebook’s official solution and is much easier — sideloading requires registering as a developer and a much fiddlier app installation process.

App Lab is not replacing sideloaded content, nor does it mark the death knell for SideQuest. In fact, SideQuest and Facebook have worked together on App Lab integration, so that SideQuest can act as a directory for App Lab apps. Read more about what App Lab means for the future of SideQuest here.

What You Need and Preparation

First and foremost, you won’t need to register as a developer or set your Quest into developer mode. This is required for sideloading, but not for installing App Lab content.

You can choose to use a computer or just your mobile phone — either will work and the process remains very similar. If you want to use your phone, you’ll need the Oculus app installed as well.

Besides that, all you need is a Quest headset and you’re good to go.

Where to find App Lab apps

Facebook does not list all App Lab content in one big directory in the same way it does for store content.

Instead, each App Lab app has its own direct URL listing. Developers can choose to share and promote their app URL in any way they like, but there’s no official centralized listing of every App Lab app available.

However, Facebook has worked with SideQuest to allow App Lab apps to be easily integrated and listed as part of the SideQuest library.

SideQuest now features an App Lab category, pictured above, where developers can easily submit and list their App Lab apps. This means that SideQuest is the best place to browse, discover and install experimental App Lab content for Oculus Quest. You can also visit the memorable URL applab.games for SideQuest-listed games that are available via App Lab.

Alternatively, here’s a list of the 12 apps that were available on App Lab’s launch day.

Installing App Lab Content Through SideQuest

If you’ve already got a direct URL for an App Lab app that you want to install, you can skip this section and go directly to the next one.

Most people know SideQuest as a downloadable app for PC and Mac used for sideloading. However, a proper SideQuest installation isn’t required for App Lab apps — you can do everything through SideQuest’s website, on mobile or PC.

Navigate to SideQuest’s App Lab category, which you can find here: https://sidequestvr.com/apps/applab/ as well as on the home page of the PC/Mac app. Browse the App Lab section and locate one you want to install.

Open the SideQuest page for the app. There should be an ‘Oculus App’ button for all App Lab apps on SideQuest, as pictured above. On mobile, it will look slightly different but with the same button.

Click the button, which will open a web page or the Oculus app. Then, follow the steps in the section below.

Adding App Lab Content To Your Library

Whether you opened an App Lab URL directly or opened it through SideQuest using the ‘Oculus App’ button, the process for adding content remains the same. The listing page for both mobile and PC is pictured above.

On PC, the listing page will open in a browser window, with the option to either purchase the app or add it to your library for free, depending on the app’s pricing scheme. If you haven’t already, log in to the Facebook account associated with your headset and redeem/purchase the app.

On mobile, the app listing may open in the Oculus app. There will be a button at the bottom of the screen to redeem a free app or purchase a paid one.

Once you’ve redeemed or purchased the app, you’re ready to install.

Installing App Lab Apps

On mobile, the Oculus App should present a ‘Install on Headset’ or ‘Play Later’ button in place of the purchase button after you’ve redeemed/bought the app. You can press this button and select which headset you want it to be installed on. Provided your headset is charged and in idle sleep mode, the Quest will then install the App Lab app in the background, ready for your next VR session.

On desktop, the ‘Install on Headset’ option is not present. You can either open up the Oculus mobile app, locate the app in your library and press ‘Install on Headset’, or you can install the app while using the headset itself.

In the v23 software for Quest, App Lab apps that you own but have not installed will appear in your Quest’s app library, which is found on the bottom toolbar. App Lab apps will be listed either under the ‘All’ or the ‘Not Installed’ category. From here, you can install an App Lab app just like any other.

In the newer v25 software for Quest (which is still rolling out gradually), there may be more clear integration with App Lab apps, making them easier to locate in your library. We haven’t been able to try App Lab installation on v25 ourselves yet, but they will probably be found in their own separate App Lab category or within the same ‘All’ or ‘Not Installed’ categories in your library.


That’s everything you need to know on how to find and install App Lab apps on Oculus Quest. Any questions? Let us know in the comments and we’ll try to help out.

Looking for more guides like this one? Check out the New to VR? section of our site.

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A couple of days ago Oculus announced the rollout of its v25 software update for Oculus Quest/Quest 2, with its main feature being App Lab. Separate from the main Oculus Store, App Lab is a way for developers to get their content onto the device without the technical hurdles of the main store. The Oculus update is being rolled out so you may have to wait a little while to get it, even so, you can still access the App Lab content without it and here’s how.

Ancient Dungeon VR

As App Lab isn’t part of the main Oculus Store you can’t simply find these titles under ‘Latest Releases’. That being said, it’s not too difficult to locate and download them, as they can be found either directly on Oculus.com or via SideQuest, the latter being the far easier option if you can’t find a direct link.

Direct Link

Should developers choose to go the App Lab route they can then publish a link to their particular app or videogame for Oculus Quest owners to download – either free or paid depending on the content. The link will then take you through to the Oculus Quest portion of Oculus’ website and as long as you’re signed in to your Facebook account, you’ll be able to add it to your library. Then just pop your headset on to install as normal.

Here are the links Oculus previously published so you can get started:

MarineVerse - App Lab

SideQuest

If you’re new to Oculus Quest during 2019 the SideQuest platform launched to allow owners to sideload titles via a PC which didn’t meet the technical standards of the Oculus Store. This led to a community of creators and players helping to build a passionate indie ecosystem.

With the launch of App Lab, Sidequest has integrated the feature with an easy to find App Lab category on its home page. Click on a videogame and when you’re on its page there will be an ‘Oculus App’ button on the far right-hand side. Hit that and you’ll be taken through to the Oculus website as detailed above.

So there’s nothing to it, taking out the hassle of trying to sideload a piece of content.

SideQuest - App Lab

Search

Lastly, there’s the good old manual search. Now you can do this when you’ve got the Oculus Quest on by going through the Oculus Browser. You’ll need to head to Oculus’ website and type in the exact name of the title you’re looking for.

And we do mean exact. It won’t appear in the drop-down selection as you’re typing like normal Oculus Store content. Once written and you’ve hit enter it’ll appear as a little App Lab listing like the one shown below.

App Lab - search

And those are the ways you can access App Lab content. As mentioned you don’t need the v25 update to do any of this, VRFocus’ Oculus Quest 2 is currently running v23.

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