Getting Started App Lab Tutorial: the Ultimate Guide to Finding Unlisted Oculus Quest 2 App Lab Content
How to find the best games and apps with the new path for developers to distribute their unlisted games, Oculus Quest App Lab.
Oculus blew the world of sideloading wide open when it announced Oculus Quest App Lab last week: the official path for developers to distribute unlisted Quest games.
In other words, this is how developers can release games & apps to consumers without going through Oculus' extensive curation process. But, because of this, App Lab unlisted games and apps aren't discoverable through the main Oculus Quest 2 app store.
It's easy to download an App Lab unlisted game if you have the unique URL or type the application's exact name into the Oculus Quest store. But many fans don't know that there are unofficial marketplaces out there to browse all the unlisted content available on the new App Lab store.
So, without further ado, here is VR Final's official App Lab tutorial: where to find unlisted games and apps for Oculus Quest 2.
There are also two more popular options fans use to shop for the best unlisted games and apps on Oculus Quest and Quest 2.
Rob Chinery's unofficial Oculus Quest unlisted games and apps store is probably the most popular third-party option for fans looking to browse the world of material now available with App Lab.
App Lab DB allows users to search by Popularity, Recency, Audience Ratings and Price, meaning that it's an effective way to start for beginners.
App Lab DB works by keeping track of each game's official App Lab page, meaning that database entries will seamlessly stay up-to-date. Anyone is welcome to list an app on the database, not just developers.
So, if you've seen a small developer doing some work you're loving, do them a favour and invite others to find it too.
Xrapp.store is another third-party marketplace that allows users to find both free and paid unlisted App Lab content.
Advertised as the place to find "All Oculus Quest Lab Apps & WebXR Apps in One Place", this marketplace works by developers submitting their own apps along with all the necessary licencing information.
The marketplace is unique in that it can split titles up via genre, as well as offering chart-based organisation. Whether you're looking for a rhythm game or a social experience, you'll be able to find what you're looking for at xrapp.store.
Like App Lab DB, VRDB.app is a charts-based marketplace for browsing both free and paid unlisted applications & games.
VRDB allows users to browse by Popularity Rankings, Titles in Alphabetic Order, Fan Ratings by Score & Fan Ratings Count. It also allows users to filter by Genre, Cross-Buy, Release Date and Discount.
Before App Lab, SideQuest was the way to find the unlisted content that you can't find on the official Oculus Quest store.
While the vast majority of users are looking for content to sideload, the hosts have recently added an App Lab sections where users can enjoy a fantastic marketplace browsing experience.
Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments below and we'll be sure to add them to our list.
If you're looking for one of the best new games on App Lab, check out Fairgrounds!