Android VR Game downloads up 40% YoY, setting new benchmark | Splitmetrics

VR game downloads on Android are on pace for a record breaking year of growth according to SplitMetrics.

In the first half of 2024, the top 28 VR games on Android devices gained an estimated 5.5 million new downloads — 40% more year-on-year. At this rate, that number will grow to 11 million before the end of the year. This is a major milestone for the VR market as this total will surpass both 2022 (10 million and 2023’s (8 million) download totals.

“Much of the hype around the VR sector has dissipated which may lead you to believe that the sector is stagnating. However, that is far from the case. The VR gaming sector is quietly growing at a very impressive rate and looks set to post a record-breaking year for user growth,” said Thomas Kriebernegg, general manager at Splitmetrics.

“It’s important to note that we are still in the early stages of VR and XR technology adoption. As the industry develops and more companies invest, we’ll be seeing more game developers experimenting with VR. That’s why this is a crucial time for developers to refine their games’ user experience, while marketers identify and attract those early adopters.”

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Top 10 VR games on Android

Using data from its App Radar platform, Splitmetrics identified the top VR games based on Android downloads. The firm estimates their list captures roughly 90% of the market on the Android platform.

Estimated VR game downloads on Google Play
AppRelease YearLifetimeH1 2024*Q1 2024
Rec Room – Play with friends!202132M2.7M1.5m
VR Thrills Roller Coaster Game202323M470K306k
Fulldive VR – Virtual Reality201511M295K179k
Sky On Fire : 194020201.8M313K176
Zombie Shooter VR20141.7M22K15K
VR Space Game20161.1M6K3K
VR Jurassic Dino Park Coaster20161.1M102K55K
VR Roller Coaster 3602019800K335K160K
Acron: Attack of the Squirrels2019633K53K31K
*includes download data through June 21, 2024

Out of the 28 VR games analysed, the top five downloaded in H1 2024 are Rec Room – Play with friends! (2.7 million), VR Thrills Roller Coaster Game (470,000), VR Roller Coaster 360 (335,000), Sky On Fire: 1940 (313,000) and Fulldive VR – Virtual Reality (295,000). 

VR game portals

While VR game downloads passed 80 million, this does not include top VR games portals. Per Splitmetrics, both Google’s Cardboard and Meta Quest also saw significant growth. Together, these apps represent a combined 54 million lifetime downloads on Google Play.

Estimated Google Play Downloads – VR games portals
AppRelease YearLifetimeH1 2024*Q1 2024
Meta Quest201817M1.1M717K
*includes download data through June 21, 2024

While the Meta Quest app has a long way to go to catch up to Cardboard, the Meta Quest 3 sparked a surge in downloads. The app saw a 277% increase in Android downloads in December 2023 and 147% in January 2024 — likely due to the holidays.

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