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VR mode: This page is about controls in VR mode. See Screen Mode for controls without a VR headset. See Rec Room's support article "VR Controls and Gestures" for the official information.

To use all features of Rec Room, two motion-tracked controllers are required. However, most of the basic controls can be accessed with just one motion-tracked controller. (The Watch Menu and other menus can be "detached" from a controller such that the same controller can be used to interact with the menu.)

Junior accounts (mandatory for children 12 years of age or younger) are limited in several ways, in particular, they cannot receive nor transmit audio, and can only use the maker pen in their dorm room. See the official Rec Room support article for more information.

Virtual Reality sickness: If you are new to VR or if you know that you are susceptible to VR sickness, use only teleporting for in-game movements, do not use walking nor flying. Also, stop walking and flying if you experience any discomfort or other signs of VR sickness.


Control HTC Vive & Valve Index & Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) Oculus Rift, Rift S, and Quest PSVR
Teleport/Walking*+Jumping Trackpad A or X Move button
Flying** Double tap "jump" button to toggle (hold if using legacy) Double tap "jump" button to toggle (hold if using legacy) Double tap "jump" button to toggle (hold if using legacy)
Sprinting (when walking) Press trackpad to toggle; Vive with thumbstick walking: press down trackpad; WMR with thumbstick walking: grip button of walking hand A or X to toggle; thumbstick walking: thumbstick click-in of walking hand Move button to toggle
Sliding (while sprinting) and Crouching in Seated Mode* WMR: grip button of non-walking hand; Vive: tap "jump" button while jumping and hold while landing Thumbstick click-in of non-walking hand Upper, outer face button (right Triangle or left Square) of non-walking hand
Drop/Detach/Point at s.o./ Menu button B or Y Upper, inner face buttons (right Square or left Triangle)
Expresso Hold Menu button Hold B or Y Upper, outer face button (right Triangle or left Square) of walking hand
Grab/Use/Select (with laser pointer) Trigger Trigger or grip button Trigger
Tap/Select (w/o pointer) Move hand Move hand Move hand
Push to talk (PTT)*** Grip button Thumbstick click-in With Expresso or use microphone mute button
Swipe-rotate (left/right)* Vive: swipe trackpad left/right; Index/WMR: thumbstick left/right Thumbstick left/right X or Circle
Swipe-rotate (180°)* Vive: swipe trackpad down; Index/WMR: thumbstick down Thumbstick down -
Recenter playspace & recalibrate height - - Hold Start button
Grip turn*,**** Both grip buttons simultaneously Both thumbsticks click-in simultaneously Cross/Circle buttons on both controllers simultaneously
Zoom & Orbit/Self Scale** Both grip buttons simultaneously Both grip buttons simultaneously Lower, inner face buttons simultaneously

*See the Gameplay Tab in the Watch Menu for options; in particular to switch between teleporting and walking. Note that walking and flying can cause VR sickness.

**See Gestures for information about flying and self-scaling.

***PTT is (de)activated in the Audio Settings of the Watch Menu.

****Smooth rotate and grip turn can cause VR sickness if not used carefully. While using grip turn, try to move your arms as if steering a bus, such that one arm moves forward/backwards, and your other arm moves in the opposite direction by the same amount. Or try to move both hands at the same time by the same amount to the same side.



How To Rec Room 1 - the Watch Menu

To open the Watch Menu, rotate one of the controllers to face you.

If "Tap watch to open menu" is checked in the Experience settings of the Watch Menu, then you have to rotate the controller and tap the watch with the other hand. Alternatively, use Expresso to open the Watch Menu as described below.


How to Rec Room - Comfort and Moderation - VR players

One way to mute, report and vote-kick a player is the talk-to-the-hand gesture. (Alternatively, select the player in the "Nearby" or "Recent" tabs of the People Menu of the Watch Menu and use the relevant button.)

To see the profile page of players (and some objects), click the "drop" button with a hand that doesn't hold anything (the "drop" button is the Menu button on HTC Vive and WMR, the Y/B button on Oculus, and the Square/Triangle button on PSVR), then point at a player or object and pull the trigger. This is particularly useful to mute, report, and vote-kick players. See the Comfort and Safety page by Rec Room Inc. for more details.


How To Rec Room 3 - Shake Hands to Make Friends

Friending: To become Rec Room friends with another player, shake hands while slightly pulling the trigger. Alternatively, select the player in the "Nearby" or "Recent" tabs of the People Menu of the Watch Menu and use the "Friend" button.


How To Rec Room- Cheers!

Cheering: To send a Cheer to another player, show a thumbs-up gesture to the player by pulling the trigger long enough. Then select the kind of Cheer on your Watch Menu.

Flying is not available in all games/rooms since it breaks the gameplay of most games and can cause VR sickness. In Custom Rooms, flying has to be activated for Roles, which have to be assigned to players, e.g., by auto-assigning them to Permissions. To toggle flying on/off when walking, double tap the "jump" button. When walking or if "Legacy Flying" is activated in the settings, point one controller up and hold down its "teleport button" until a ring has formed around the wrist of your hand; tap the teleport button on the same controller to continue (and pause) flying; use the teleport button of the other controller to teleport onto the ground, which stops flying mode.


How To Rec Room - Share Camera Tutorial!

Share cam gesture: Hold up both hands like you're telling me how big of a fish you caught. Then pull both triggers. This will summon your camera and immediately take a photo.


How to Rec Room - Self Scale with the Maker Pen (make yourself really big or small)

Self-scaling gesture: Self-scaling allows you to change the size of your avatar while you hold a maker pen. First, check the "Enable Self Scaling" checkbox in the Settings of the Maker Pen. Then, with a maker pen in your hand, hold both grip buttons simultaneously on HTC Vive, Oculus, and WMR headsets or the lower, inner face buttons on PSVR and move your hands towards each other or away from each other to change your scale. (This is an experimental feature and doesn't work yet in Screen Mode.) (Update, now works with screen mode)


The "Expresso" system gives you temporary control over your avatar's facial expression.

To use Expresso, press and hold the Menu button on HTC Vive and WMR, the Y/B button on Oculus or the upper, outer button of your walking hand on PSVR. When the start menu of Expresso appears, move your hand into the submenus to find the item that you want to activate. The gallery shows all menus of Expresso; the starting point is labelled "start menu."