How to Play Rec Room VR – Full Guide with Features, Tips, FAQs & More

People often ask, how to play rec room VR?

Let’s find out!

How to Play Rec Room VR?

To play Rec Room VR follow these steps

  1. Download and install the game on your computer.
  2. Go to the “Rec Room” menu in the main menu of the game.
  3. Select a character you want to play with.
  4. Click the “Play” button.
  5. You can now enjoy playing rec room VR.
How to Play Rec Room VR?

Screen Mode – Rec Room

You can play Rec Room on PCs, Xbox Ones, Xbox Ses, PS4s, iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, and Windows 10 laptops and desktops without using a VR Head Mounted Display (HMD) device.

However, if you want to use a keyboard, mouse, or gamepad, you need to connect them to your computer via a USB cable. If you don’t have any of these items, you can use an Xbox One/360 Controller or DualShock 4 controller instead.

Starting Screen Mode

Selecting Screen Modes in Steam.

You can play Rec Room only in screen mode. When you start Rec Room, you’ll always be playing in screen mode.

To play Rec Room on PS4 or 5, first turn off the controller by pressing the button on the back of the console. Then press the X button to go into screen mode.

To start screen mode from within the Oculus mobile application, click the “…” button and select “Start in desktop mode.”

You can play Rec Room in non-VR mode by starting Rec Room and then choosing “Play Rec Room in Non-VR Mode” from the main menu.

On PC, just launch the Rec Room Launcher and let it check for updates.

If you don’t know anything about Rec Room, please read our Code of Conduct. In particular, be careful not to use any kind of offensive words, including but not limited to sexism, racism, discrimination, harassment, or sexual content.

Comfort and Moderation Features

Rec Room offers several moderation and safety features for all users. This short clip demonstrates the main features. For more information about these features, please visit the Safety & Moderation section of our website.

Share Camera

You can use the camera in screen mode just like in the demonstration.

Controls for iOS

On Apple TV, go to Home > Settings < Help > Help for Touch Screens.

iOS Gameplay options: “AR Locomotions”, which lets you move around in VR using your iPhone/iPad, “Recalibrate Height”, which usually takes a few seconds to take effect, and “Host AR Room”, which turns on AR functionality in the Watch app menu (Watch App > Create < My Rooms >ot; ^ARRoom).

You can also use Bluetooth PlayStation or Xbox gamepads with iOS devices.

You can use these gestures to control your character. For example, if you want to sprint, drag the walk/sneakers icon toward yourself.

If you want to look at something, swipe on the left side of the screen. To reach for something, swipe on the right side of the screen (or just touch the screen).To get closer to something, simply touch it.

If you’re holding a weapon, you can either press the action gesture buttons or swipe on them. You can also use the equipment holster to equip weapons.

Controls for PS4 with DualShock 4

DualShock 4 controllers work with both PC and Mac computers running Windows 10 and a USB cable. They also work with Android smartphones and tablets.

Pressing the L2 button on the controller opens up the help menu.

Movement Actions

Action buttons: Comment move left stick sprint left stick (click in) look right stick crouch circle (tap) jump x (press) fly x (hold down) if permitted.

Controls for Xbox with 360 Controller

According to some sources, the same thing happens when using an Xbox controller instead of a keyboard/mouse.

Controls for PC with Xbox One/Xbox 360 Controller

Pressing X + A (Xbox One) or Y + B (Xbox 360) will bring up the help menu. From there, press L1 + R

You can use an Xbox controller with an iPhone or iPad.

Movement Actions

Action Button(s) Comment Move Left stick Sprint Left stick (click in) Look Right sticky crouch B button jumps A button Fly A button (double tap)if allowed

Controls for PC with Keyboard & Mouse

Default Movement Actions

If you’re able to hold down the left shift key, press the A button, then use the W, S, and D keys, look at the mouse cursor

Default Right-Hand Actions

Clicking the right-hand primary action button opens the menu; clicking the left-hand secondary action button aims down the sights; pressing the right-hand secondary action button points at an object; and holding down the right-

Default Left Hand Actions

Clicking the primary button opens the menu; clicking the secondary button aims down the sights; right-clicking opens the context menu; pointing gestures open submenus

Updating our Screens Controls — Rec Room

Rec Room is a strange game. It has lots of different features, and if you aren’t using VR, the whole control system can be difficult to understand.

We’ve found that simply teaching people how to play the game is one of the biggest points of friction for them. It’s especially true for new players but we also hear this feedback from long-term players too.

We don’t think Rec Room has to be so weird to play even when you aren’t using VR. So we’re planning to release an update to the game’s control scheme for all of our screens.

Our primary goal for this project is to ensure that Rec Room feels like it was built with your preferred input method (PC, console, or touch) in mind. Whether you play on a PC, console or touch screen, we’d like to minimize the “cognitive load” of controlling the game.

These changes should help make Rec Room feel more familiar and comfortable, just like putting on a warm jacket.

We appreciate all the comments you’ve sent us about our controls, and we’re looking forward to improving them. Our main goal with this blog is to share our experiences with controls so that others can learn from them.

  1. Let you know that we’re planning some major updates for our screens control app.
  2. If you’re a creator, to help you understand how to mark up the items in your inventory if dual-wielding matters to your experience, and
  3. Provide a chance for you all to give us feedback on further improvements in the coming weeks.

How it Works?

The new Default interface is intended to be the easiest possible experience for newcomers to Rec Room.

It features only one interaction method (the “drop” action) and no buttons whatsoever. You can easily learn how to play Rec Room without ever touching your mouse.

The new default control scheme has some cool new things.

Use right-click on the mouse or press L1 on a gamepad to aim (yippee!).

Switching between different tools quickly without dropping them first

A dedicated reload button (which wasn’t available until recently)

Shortcuts for keyboard and touch devices

You can share keyboard shortcuts for Camera and Maker Pen by going into Settings > General > Keyboard > Shortcuts > + Add shortcut


Rec Room is an extremely fun game, and we’re happy to announce some changes to the default control scheme for the first time ever. Please let us know what you thought!

If you have any further queries, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.


  • Victor Marquez

    Victor is the Editor in Chief at Techtyche. He tests the performance and quality of new VR boxes, headsets, pedals, etc. He got promoted to the Senior Game Tester position in 2021. His past experience makes him very qualified to review gadgets, speakers, VR, games, Xbox, laptops, and more. Feel free to check out his posts.

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