Oculus' End of Year Charts - What has been Trending in 2020?
2020 has been a year which will be remembered for many things; I'm certain more gaming time than ever will be one of them. But how have Oculus users been spending their time this year?
We've been sat inside for almost an entire year. It's been hard for all, painful for many, and truly impossible for some. But if there's one light in the darkness - one silver lining - it's that some of us got a bit of time to reconnect to our love of gaming.
At least, that's the case for many Oculus users. An quantitative analysis by VRFinal this week found that, from SideQuest data alone, Quest-usage is undeniably growing.
At this time of the year, we have a unique opportunity for retrospection. So as Oculus have published their "Best of Quest 2020" list, it's time to look at what content was Trending in 2020.
The Top Paid App of 2020: Beat Saber
"Reality says you can't fight a song," argued Oculus on this TV spot. "Defy Reality."
Beat Saber, probably the most famous VR game out there just now, takes the top spot for the most downloaded Paid Application of 2020. It launched on Quest late last year, and in October found a boost with the launch of a ground-breaking multiplayer mode.
Top Free App of 2020: Echo VR
Echo VR comes in as the Top Free App of 2020, which sees players take the role of futuristic, battle-ready robots ready to beat each other blue in the multiplayer Arena. The title is currently only out on Rift & Rift S, but 2020 saw the launch of Echo VR's Quest demo.
Top Multiplayer Game: POPULATION: ONE
Battle Royale has ruled the multiplayer roost for some years now, but this year it finally took the dive into VR.
The gimmick is: POPULATION: ONE takes battle royale-gameplay, submerges it in VR, and adds a touch of vertical mobility. If you've spent any time in VR circles this year, it'll be no surprise to you that POPULATION: ONE is the top multiplayer game.
Top Creativity Tool: Tilt Brush by Google
Tilt Brush by Google is perhaps the VR creative tool of the year - at least as far as Oculus users are aware.
Tilt Brush allows users to paint in 3D, using various "brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire." According to the games description, "your palette is your imagination" and "the possibilities are endless."
Top Entertainment App: YouTube VR
It's really no surprise that YouTube VR became the most downloaded Entertainment App on the Oculus platform. The app "turns every video on the platform into your own virtual reality experiences" and "reimagines YouTube as a 3D world you can explore from the inside."
That's not all, though. Vader Immortal won the award as the Blockbuster Favourite, Five Night at Freddy's: Help Wanted was the Top Horror Game, and The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners was the Most Wishlisted Game - many of which are available on this year's Quest Christmas Sale.
There's even more too, available on the Best of Quest 2020 list.