If you are new to VRChat, there’s a very good chance one of the following questions has popped into your VR head.  

What are the rules in VRChat?

Please refer to our Community Guidelines.

Do I need VR to use VRChat?

Playing without a VR headset is totally possible!  If you have a VR headset and still want to play in desktop mode, you can simply unplug your headset before starting up VRChat.

What’s the difference between logging in from Steam and logging in with an account created at VRChat.com?

Steam login makes it super easy to get started in VRChat, but currently only VRChat accounts can use the SDK to upload content of their own.

People are yelling at me! What’s going on?

Your mic is on, and you’re not wearing headphones, and you’re broadcasting loud noise at the entire room. Open the Quick Menu and mute yo self.

Quick Menu? What manner of devilry is this?

Okay, here’s the sweet deal: if you press the Quick Menu button on your controller or the Escape key on your keyboard, you’ll bring up a menu. Behold!

I am talking but nobody is responding.  Why are people ignoring me?

There are three possible things that could be going on:

  1. You might have mic issues.  Check recording devices in Windows to make sure the correct mic is set to default.  If you are using a HTC Vive, check your steam VR settings and click on audio.  Make sure your recording device is set correctly.  Oculus users do the same under Oculus settings.
  2. You need to toggle your mic to on.  See that little mic icon in the peripheral of your vision while in VRChat?  If that has a line across it, your mic is turned off.  Open the Quick Menu and click the mic icon to toggle it on.  If you go into settings, you can check “mic defaults on” as well.
  3. The entire room could have you blocked.  If this is the case, you might have some self reflecting to do.

Which worlds are people currently in?

You can open the Quick Menu and click on Worlds.  The second row will show “Active Worlds”, as well as the number of people who are currently in the world.

I’m trying to join a world with many people in it, but it’s empty!

Our rooms can only support so many players at once. The Hub, for example, has a limit of 16 players.  When a 17th player enters The Hub they will create a new Hub with only 1 player.  If you are visiting a popular room, chances are people will be there soon.  You can also wait until a spot opens up.

How do I change my avatar?

We have a large variety of public avatars to use.  Open the Quick Menu and click avatars to find the perfect look.

Somebody is bothering me.  What should I do?

Open your Quick Menu, then open the Social menu, select the person that’s bothering you, then select “Block”.

Somebody is running around screaming or harassing people.  What should I do?

First, please review our Community Guidelines.  If one of these has been violated, please open your Quick Menu and click “request host”.  A host will be by shortly to address your concerns.  Please keep in mind that “request host” is reserved for serious offenses. Use your best judgement and try the block feature, instead, if you’re not sure.

I’m stuck in the ceiling, floor, or a refrigerator.  What should I do?

As the majority of worlds in VRChat are user created content, mistakes are bound to happen.  If you find yourself stuck, open the Quick Menu and click respawn, or try a different World.  If that fails, restart the app (and let us know at support@vrchat.net so we can look into the problem!)

What’s that chat bubble with an exclamation mark that’s next to the mic icon?

Looks like you are already busy making new friends.  That chat bubble means one of two things: someone sent you a friend request or a friend has invited you to a room.  Open up your Quick Menu and you should see a picture of their avatar with the alert, that you can select to accept (or deny) the friend request.

I met some cool people and I think it’s about time we friendship up, VR style.

I see you are ready to make friends in VRChat.  Open the Quick Menu and you should see little profile pictures on top.  Those are the people closest to your current location.  If you see the future friend on there, click their picture, then click friend.  You can also enter the social tab from the Quick Menu, click on the person you want to be friends with and click friend.

Now that you are friends you both can teleport to each other in any public world.

I keep trying to join a room my friend is in by using the “join friend” in the social menu, but it won’t let me join the room.

This will happen when you are trying to use the “join a friend” feature when that friend is in a private room.  For the time being, the only way you can join a friend in a private room is if the room creator opens a portal to that room or your friend uses the “invite” feature to invite you into the room they are in.

How do I open a portal?

Portals are how we travel to different worlds in VRChat.  You can open a portal easily by opening the Quick Menu and clicking Worlds.  Select the world you want to go to and press Portal.  A portal will now open in front of you for 30 seconds.  

How do I report a bug or crash?

You will need to grab your output log.  You can find this output_log by entering %userprofile%\appdata\locallow\VRChat into Windows’ File Explorer.  

Once you have that, send the output log, with a description of what happened, to support@vrchat.net.

In exchange for your bug-reporting diligence, we will reward you with our eternal gratitude.

Sure I can take regular pictures in VRChat, but what about 360° pictures?

VRChat has been working together with VRChive to make it possible to take 360° pictures instantly at any time.  Just open your Quick Menu, click camera, and you will be presented with a panorama & VRC panorama options.  Click on panorama and it will save a 360° panorama to your Pictures -> VRChat folder.  Click on VRChive panorama and you will immediately upload to the VRChat VRChive page.  These panoramas easily embed on Reddit, Twitter, Facebook etc so feel free to share!

Wait a sec.  I can interact with those walls playing YouTube?

Yes you can!  Some rooms such as Forest Campsite, Cinema YouTube, etc. have something we call a YouTube Wall.  Clicking on the screen will bring up a UI that allows you to search for videos, play a random video, scrub the video, play & pause.  If you are a world creator, you can drag these YouTube walls into your world project in Unity.  Just search “youtube” in the SDK and drag and drop in!

I’m getting 45 FPS in many worlds but I have the best graphics card available!

45 FPS means that you are getting less that 90 FPS and SteamVR’s async reprojection is kicking in to smooth out your experience. Part of the async reprojection strategy is to lock you at 45 FPS.

Why am I getting less than 90 FPS when I have a top of the line graphics card?

VRChat worlds and avatars are all user created and therefore may not be as optimized for VR as possible. High poly counts, real time lights, shadows, large amounts of network traffic, networked physics objects and others can attribute to less than ideal performance in VRChat. However, performance will improve over time as we add systems to mitigate performance issues in app! Ensuring a smooth experience for our community is one of our top priorities. Stay tuned for performance updates in the coming weeks.

It always looks like I’m crawling around.  What’s going on?

You, my friend, are probably sitting in a chair right now.  In order to make your avatar stand up straight while sitting down in real life, go to the Quick Menu and click Force Standing until the brackets read [enabled].  Congratulations, you are now standing like a human being (orc, alien, or insert random creature type)

I want to get involved!  Where does the community reside when they aren’t in VRChat?

You might find our Subreddit useful, or you can join our Slack Community.  We also have a growing Facebook Group.  These are great places to connect with the community when you can’t actively be in VRChat.  Our Slack group also has channels specifically for development in VRChat.

How can I make my own custom avatar?

Glad you asked!  We have a Unity SDK that allows you to easily bring in your own avatar into VRChat.  Here’s a short 8 minute tutorial video done by Kirito.  A longer tutorial video by VRPill is available as well.

Are you a wizard with advanced techniques and want full eye movement and lip sync in your avatar?  Our own master of avatars Mechlai has provided a full guide here.

Can I create my own world?

Yes, using our Unity SDK you can create your own world.  It will start off as a private world, meaning you can only bring people in by opening up a portal or through inviting friends.  Once you are ready to make the room public, send an email to support@vrchat.net with the subject “VRPill Make Me Public” and VRPill will get back to you to arrange a time/date to check your world for performance/bugs before making it public.

What’s up with the VRChat SDK?

The VRChat SDK enables users to create interactive worlds and avatars for VRChat using Unity3D. Any tools that Unity provides should work in VRChat including lighting, nav mesh, animations, scripting, etc. The SDK is still in alpha, but is ready to be used by those who are ready to get their hands dirty. Documentation is light and scattered (and often deprecated). We are working on improving this. Official documentation is linked from our website.

IMPORTANT: You must use a vrchat account to use the SDK.  Sign up at http://www.vrchat.net

Where can I download the VRChat SDK?

http://vrchat.com

Where is the SDK documentation?

http://vrchat.net/sdk

When can I start scripting in the SDK?

With great power comes great responsibility, or something like that.  Scripting is coming soon, as we finalize details on our developer program.

I want to do an event in VRChat or get in touch for business reasons.  Who do I need to talk with?

Send inquiries to hello@vrchat.net.

I am addicted to Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/etc. and wish you follow you day and night on those services.  

Happy to be so intensely followed!  Here’s our social media info:

Twitter - @vrchatnet

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/vrchatnet/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/vrchatnet/

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_9vjBF7PyfmG26KDcedXNQ