The social VR platform VRChat has this week introduced a new paid subscription service for VR headsets running SteamVR.
For the first time in the history of the free to play VR multiplayer experience, they are offering their biggest fans a chance to unlock additional upgrades and personalisation options while at the same time supporting the hard working developers that maintain the game.
The premium subscription will cost users $9.99 a month or $99.99 for a year. If you choose to subscribe you will gain access to a whole variety of extra features designed to set you apart from the rest of the players.
· Custom User Icons: This allows you to personalise your VRC nameplate. You can upload custom images which can be taken either in the game or any file you choose. Premium subscribers can save up to 64 custom icons at a time and switch between them at will.
· Favourite Avatar Slots: premiums subscribers will have access to 100 favourite avatar slots. Free users will now have access to 25.
· Supporter Badge: If you subscribe you will be awarded the supporter badge
· Early Supporter Status: If you subscribe to the premium service early you will also receive an Early Supporter Badge and a free month of premium for monthly subscriber or 3 free months for annual subscribers.
In their official update on the new service, the company was eager to reassure their free users that nothing would substantially change for them.
“As always, the core experience of playing VRChat remains free. The VRChat+ subscription is a way for you to show your support to VRChat and get some cool bonuses as our way of saying thanks.
VRChat Plus is our first step towards our long-term goals for monetization. We want to allow people who create content — be it worlds, avatars, performances, games, hangouts, experiences, whatever — to be able to support themselves. VRChat is a place where creativity is unbounded. If people who like your work want to support you, we want to help them help you. We’re still working on all this, but we’ll keep you in the know as we move forward.”