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The watch menu can be activated by looking at your wrist and can only be seen by you. (In case you have checked "Tap watch to open menu" in the Experience tab of the settings, you also have to tap your wrist/watch with your other hand.) (If you are playing in the non-VR mode, the watch can be accessed by pressing the Tab key.) The menu provides many useful functions that will make your Rec Room experience more fun and convenient.
The different functions can be navigated by selecting the buttons using the laser pointer or the index finger of your other hand. Most buttons bring up menus that are described below. The exceptions are the "^DormRoom" button, which sends you to your Dorm Room, the "^RecCenter" button, which sends you to the Rec Center, and the "Exit" button, which ends the game.
A larger version of the menu is available with the maximise button (second from right in the top, right corner; not shown in the picture). You may also lock the menu in place by pressing the "drop" button on your controller (see Basic Controls). This will cause the menu to float in space so you don't have to keep holding your arm up.
The watch face also functions as an analog timepiece for your current timezone. If you’re having trouble reading your watch face, enable “Tap Watch to Open Menu” in the Experience tab of the settings.
By selecting the profile image in the top, left corner of the main watch menu, you switch to the profile menu, which consists of the "Profile" tab and the "Bio" tab.
The "Profile" tab displays your current profile picture (tapping it spawns a Camera to take a new profile picture), user name/"@ name", nickname/display name (tap to change; the number of changes per week is limited), your Level, received cheers, your mini-avatar ("minitar"), number of subscribers (relevant on rec.net), and the number of available tokens for purchases in the Merch Booth and the Store Menu.
- The "Bio" tab lets you specify a short bio that will appear in various places (including on rec.net).
- The "Saved Outfits" button allows you to save or select one of 18 outfits. (You can create new outfits with the Mirror in your Dorm Room.)
- The "Manage Block List" button show a list of players that you have blocked and allows you to remove them from the list.
- The "Leave Party" button lets you leave a "party" of players that you have joined by fist-bumping. (When members of the party go to a different room, they are asked whether they want to invite all other members of the party to the room.)
- With the "Offline Invite" button, you can set a phone number to be informed about game invites when you are offline.
By tapping the gear icon in the top, right corner of the main watch menu, you switch to the settings menu. There are four tabs containing settings with a large number of options you can change, detailed below:
Here you can adjust the volume of Music, Sounds, Ambience, and Voice independently.
The slider "Voices I can hear" determines whether you can hear no one, only your favorite friends, all your friends, or everyone. Note that everyone can hear you unless you block them.
Another slider allows you to change your pitch so your voice sounds deeper or higher, but be aware that it may make you difficult to understand.
You can also change your microphone activation from always-on, to push-to-talk (see Basic Controls) or disable it altogether. With push to talk enabled, this changes the function of Down-Right in the Expresso menu from ”Mute Microphone” to “Enable Microphone”
The sound level indicator allows you to check your microphone.
When your microphone is set to "On", a Mute Gesture checkbox determines whether or not holding your hand in front of your mouth will temporarily mute you.
The Personal Space slider creates a barrier around your character which other players may not enter. Setting it to large helps to protect your personal space. Setting it to small is more convenient for other players, allowing them to move around more freely.
The Ignore Bubble is the area in which players become invisible to you (e.g., when they try to invade your personal space).
The Appear Online To slider switches between appearing online to All, Friends, Favorites, or No One. You will only get notifications about friends coming online if you have chosen to appear online to them. For example, choosing to only appear online to favorited friends means you will only get notifications about favorited friends coming online.
The bottom checkboxes specify whether the space bubbles should also be applied to your friends, whether your watch should alert you for notifications, whether to notify your friends when you come online, whether you prefer to join matches with non-Junior players (Junior players cannot talk to you and cannot hear you), whether you want to tap your watch to open it and whether you want to be notified when your friends come online.
Gameplay TabThe gameplay settings are:
- Movement mode (Teleport or Walk) determines whether you move by teleporting or by "walking", i.e., smooth sliding/gliding (and jumping with the non-walking hand).
- "Comfort options" allow you to limit the field of view for specific movements to reduce the effects of Virtual Reality sickness for some players. With "Comfort Mode" you can choose whether you apply these settings always, never, or only for vehicles (e.g., the hang gliders in Rec Royale). The "Comfort Mode Settings" allow you to disable the stereoscopic view ("2D") and to specify how large the field of view should be in comfort mode.
- Grip turning mode changes if/how you can rotate yourself with the controllers (see Basic Controls).
- The swipe rotate checkbox disables swipe rotate if you do not like it.
- Swipe rotate mode changes the swipe rotation (see Basic Controls). "Smooth" rotates the camera continuously with a speed that depends on the position where you touch the trackpad.
- Walking hand specifies the hand you use for walking. The other hand is then used for jumping.
- Thumbstick Walk mode specifies how to take the direction of the thumbstick or the position on the touchpad into account to determine the walking direction instead of using only the direction of the controllers. This might be either relative to your "Head" (forward/up on the controller is in the direction that you are looking at), or relative to your "Hand" (forward/up on the controller is in the direction that the controller is pointing at).
- Show room center puts a convenient arrow on the floor in the center of your play area pointing in the "forward" direction in your play area (e.g., towards your computer/console). This is very useful for keeping track of your orientation and location in your play area.
- Touch to teleport being enabled allows you to teleport by merely touching the trackpad instead of having to click it.
- Motion teleport moves the camera when teleporting, as opposed to instantly teleporting to the new position if this setting is off.
The last tab has a Graphics Quality slider allowing you to adjust the games visual fidelity.
The Streaming Cam slider activates the Stream Mixer button (see below).
The Backup Frequency slider specifies how often your Custom Rooms are automatically locally backed up while you edit them. An automatic backup is useful in case you lose network connection or your computer crashes.
The Help Page button opens Rec Room's Help Center in your default browser.
The checkbox "Show names" displays names of other players over their avatars. The "Remember this account" checkbox keeps the current profile on the selection screen when starting Rec Room. The checkbox "Share Cam Gesture" enables the share camera gesture (hands in front of you as if you want to show how large something is and pull both triggers).
Additionally, PSVR players have an option to play in a "PS4 Locked Server", which is restricted to only PSVR players. Note that with this option checked, you will only play with other people who have this option checked, so you cannot play with someone who doesn’t have this option checked if you do.
The Stream Mixer (not available on PSVR) changes how the game is displayed on the mirror window. To use the Stream Mixer, slide the Streaming Cam slider to On and tap the Stream Mixer button.
In the "Camera Views" tab, you can switch through the options for cameras. There is a a follow camera, a frontal face camera, a teleport-only cam, and a first-person (POV) camera for your own avatar. To choose which view to show on an external screen, tap the button with the view you would like. (The arrow buttons are currently not functional.) The "Use" button for the handheld camera spawns a camera that you can grab and shows the video stream from the position of this camera.In the "Settings" tab, you can specify the frame rate, field of view (including and experimental 360 panorama), the position of the virtual microphone ("Hear From"), and whether to include a green screen at a specified distance to the camera, which is useful to record your avatar with a green background that can be replaced with other video footage.
There is also a tiny button in the top-right corner of the mirror window that allows you to change the camera view and the settings.
The Streamer Cam sends a view to your screen. To capture your screen, you then need to use video capture software like the Windows 10 Game Bar, Open Broadcaster Software, or NVIDIA ShadowPlay. On PS4, use PlayStation Share. On Oculus Quest, use the built-in recording feature.
The five tabs are labeled "Top" (most popular #RecRoomOriginal Games and most popular #Community Custom Rooms), "New" (new rooms), "Hot" (currently most popular rooms), "Rec.net" (rooms with most activity on rec.net), "Favorites" (rooms that you have added to your favorites; see later in this section) and "Search" (finding a room by name, tag, or creator).
The "New", "Hot", and "Rec.Net" tabs include a list of popular Room Tags that you can select to filter the results. The various built-in Games (Rec Royale, Laser Tag, Quests, Paintball, Charades, Bowling, Dodgeball, Disc Golf, Paddleball, Soccer) have the Room Tag "#RecRoomOriginal" (or "#rro") which is represented by the Rec Room icon at the top of the list.To go to one of the rooms, tap the image of the room. Press the blue "i" button of any room to show its room details. There you can
- tap the profile picture of the creator to show the profile screen of the creator,
- (un)subscribe to the creator (for notifications when the creator makes new rooms),
- copy the room (if this is allowed by the creator),
- report the room,
- add it your favorites,
- cheer it,
- create a new private instance of the room (where you can be alone with players who you invite), or
- go to a public instance of the room (which might already be populated with players).
The Events Menu consists of 3 tabs:
- The "All Events" tab allows you to browse events. Tapping on any "i" button opens the event details.
- The "My Events" tab lists all the events that you are interested in or plan to attend. Tapping on any "i" button opens the event details.
- The "Create Event" tab allows you to create new events.
The Create Menu allows you to create a new Custom Room and access the custom rooms that you already have created.
- The tab "Base Rooms" shows a list of rooms (Locations, level maps of Games without the game play, and selected rooms with the #template tag) that you can use as a starting point for a new custom room. Tap on one of them to create a new custom room.
- The tab "My Rooms" contains a list of custom rooms that you have created already (except for subrooms, which you have to access via their "parent" rooms).
This Room Menu
The This Room menu consists of 2, 3, or 4 tabs that you can select with the buttons at the top.
Rec Royale Tab
This tab is only available in Rec Royale games. It shows your Rec Royale level, number of acorns in the current reward tier, current reward tier, and available rewards in reward tiers. It also lets you upgrade to Elite rewards for 1000 tokens.
The Details tab provides information about a built-in Game or a Custom Room that you are in. Depending on your Permissions in a room, more or less actions are allowed in this tab. You might be able to:
- take a room picture (tap the image on the top left)
- change the name, description, and Room Tags of the room,
- open the creator's profile, subscribe to the creator, and see the list of all co-owners,
- copy/clone the room to create a new room that you own (if this is allowed by the creator in the Setup Tab),
- restore the room a previously saved version (you can choose from the most recently saved versions),
- save the current version of the room,
- report the room for violations of the code of conduct,
- add the room to your favorites,
- cheer the room,
- create a new private instance of the room, or
- go to the public instance of the room.
Scoreboard TabThe Scoreboard tab displays the score of the current game. If supported by the game, it also shows a button to start/stop the game and a button to switch teams.
The Setup tab allows you to
- publish a room,
- edit the general setup,
- edit the permissions (formerly known as "room roles"),
- show the subrooms of the room (if there are any),
- edit the game options (formerly known as "game settings"),
- edit the roles (formerly known as "game roles"),
- show the list of players banned from the room, and
- show the current instances of the room.
All buttons open new pages that are described next.
The "Publish Room" button opens a page that allows you to set the name, description, and 3 Room Tags for a room before your publish it. You can also allow other players to copy the room (i.e., make a new room that they own, which contains a cloned version of everything in your room) and specify which types of movement (Walk VR, Teleport VR, and Screen Mode) are supported by the room, whether Junior players are allowed in the room, and whether the microphone auto mute is active in the room.
The "Subrooms" button opens a list of all subrooms that directly or indirectly are parented by the same room.
The "General Setup" button brings you to two tabs:
- The "Room Settings" tab includes checkboxes to specify
- The "Subroom Settings" tab allows you to specify
- a name for the subroom,
- a parent room,
- whether this room is the entry point for the parent room,
- whether host-only areas are enforced (usually stages),
- whether invisible walls are enabled, and
- the maximum number of players.
- For the Maker Room, it also allows you to set a "Mood", i.e. the kind of environment lighting in the room.
The "Game Options" button opens a page that offers buttons to start/end a game, switch teams, and revive yourself.
Game Settings"Game Settings" was renamed to Game Options.
The Permissions button opens an overview of the various built-in permissions (formerly known as "room roles"), i.e., "Creator", "Co-Owner", "Host", "Everyone" else, and the (noneditable) "Defaults". You can assign permissions to any of your friends by tapping the people button next to the specific permissions. The "Only show my permissions" checkbox shows all your permissions. If your current permissions specify different values for the same setting, the top-most permissions take precedence.
Clicking on the gear button next to specific permissions shows the relevant settings in three tabs. The bottom-most default permissions specify all settings. If permissions further up in the list (towards the top of the page) do not override a setting with a new value, the setting is determined by your top-most permissions that specify a value.
- The Creative tab includes: Can View Gadgets?, Can Use Maker Pen?, Can Use Delete All Button?, Can Save Inventions?
- The Social tab includes: Vote Kick, Can Invite?, Can Talk?, Disable Mic Auto Mute?
- The Misc tab includes: Can Use Share Camera?, Can Print Photos?, Can Revive Self?, Auto Assigned Game Roles, Can Start Games?, Can End Games Early?, Can Change Game Mode?
The "Roles" button opens a list of all roles of the room (formerly known as "game roles"). Roles define the capabilities of a player in a room based on the current state of the player in a room (e.g., being eliminated because of no health). Roles can change based on events such as the game start or with the Role Mapper chip. The standard game roles are: "Eliminated", "In-Game", everyone else in the room, and the (noneditable) "Defaults". Properties of roles are defined with the Role chip. The "Show only my roles" checkbox shows all of your current roles. If your current roles specify different values for the same setting, the top-most role takes precedence.
Clicking on the gear icon next to a role shows the specific settings of the corresponding Role chip in the Palette. The bottom-most default role specifies all settings. If a role further up in the list (towards the top of the page) does not override a setting with a new value, the setting is determined by your top-most role that specifies a value.
The four tabs of the people menu allow you to show the list of other players in the same room, players you have befriended, and players you have been in a room with recently. You can also search for other players by their name. With the blue "+" button, you can invite a player to your room.
By tapping the profile image of another player, you can open the their profile screen, where you can (un)favorite (favorites appear first in your friends list), (un)subscribe, (un)block, (un)mute, report (including initiating a votekick), message (only to friends), (un)friend, ban from your rooms, cheer, invite to your room, or go to the room where the other player is (requesting an invite if it is a private room).
Messages MenuThe Chats tab shows a list of ongoing chats with other players with the most recent message in each chat. You can see the other messages of each chat with its "Open" button. The "New Chat" button allows you to start a new chat.
The Notifications tab lists your most recent notifications that may require your attention, such as friend requests, friends coming online, invitations to rooms, requests for an invitation to your room, votes to kick/report other players in your room, or errors that Rec Room may experience.
The challenges menu contains your daily and weekly Challenges. You earn tokens for completing each daily challenge and a token bonus for completing all of them. Hovering over the challenge text provides more detailed information about the challenge.
The "Backpack" button allows you to access your Camera, the Maker Pen, your Item Skins, and any Consumables that you currently possess. Tap the "Use" or "Equip" button to use any of the items. For tools, tap the "Favorite" button to choose one tool that you can grab from behind your shoulder (like the map in Rec Royale) whenever you are allowed to use it.
Store MenuThe "Store" button allows you to buy Cosmetic Items and Consumables for tokens similarly to the Merch Booth. The store front page includes buttons to featured categories and items as well as the general "Enter Store" button, which does not choose any specific category of items.
The "Featured" tab highlights particular items. The large buttons on the right-hand side bring you to specific categories of items.
The "Inventions" tab allows you to browse and obtain inventions that you can spawn in your own Custom Roms with help of the Palette. You can filter inventions by popular tags (Art, Character, Costume, Decor, Gadget, Environment, Weapon, Sound), show only your inventions, only recently published inventions, only inventions that allow editing, only inventions that allow republishing, and only inventions of specific Maker Pen ink costs.
The "Clothing" tab allows you to browse Cosmetic Items. Note that some cosmetic items require you to reach a specific Level to purchase them. Also note that not all cosmetic items in the game are available in the store (for example, Quest rewards and rewards for weekly Challenges are not). You can filter the list of items to show only purchasable items, items that you already own, and items that are still locked because you haven't reached the required Level. You can also filter by type of item (Hats, Hair, Accessories, Shirts, Gloves), and by number of stars.
The "Other" tab includes Consumables and "unique" boxes. A "unique" box contains a random Cosmetic Item (of a specific number of stars) that you don't own yet. You can filter the list of items to show only purchasable items, items that you already own, and items that are still locked because you haven't reached the required Level. You can also filter by type of item (film, potions, food, unique box, hair dyes, others), and by number of stars.
The "Get Tokens" tab allows you to buy tokens for real money via your platform's store (Steam Store, Oculus Store, etc.). Note that tokens that you buy on PlayStation can't be used on other platforms, and tokens from other platforms can't be used on PlayStation.
See the description of Packages for other ways to obtain tokens.