Quest App Lab Nears 300 Apps in Four Months, Eclipsing Apps on the Official Store
AnonymousJune 9, 2021 at 10:22 AM
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 nearly 300 games and apps available on App Lab, eclipsing the number of apps on the official Quest store.
Update – June 8th, 2021
There’s now 295 apps available for Quest via App Lab, according to submissions tracked by App Lab DB. In just four months, the number of apps on App Lab has surpassed the number of apps on the official Quest store, which stands at 282 after more than two years of operation. The discrepancy shows that many more developers would like to be on the official store than Oculus allows.
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.
Having launched App Lab on February 3rd, and reaching 295 apps as of today, Oculus has approved an average of 2.4 apps per day to App Lab, which is up slightly compared to the first two months of App Lab.
The main Quest store sits around 282 apps. Given the time since the launch of the main Quest store, that’s an average of 0.38 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 4,900. 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.
Rank Name Rating (# of ratings) #1 Warplanes: WW1 Fighters 4.9 (429) #2 Puzzling Places – Beta 4.9 (662) #3 TO THE TOP 4.8 (52) #4 MarineVerse Cup 4.8 (57) #5 Sport Mode 4.8 (787)
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