VR Chat – MSN Face-to-Face

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If you were born before the early 2000s then you would have an idea on what the famed MSN was all about.

A social networking platform that coincided with the likes of MySpace, in the sense that it provided the first Facebook like experience of its time.

Kids and the younger generation at the time loved it for its simplicity but also because it marked a turn in socialising and interacting with friends.

I remember getting home each afternoon and logging into MSN on my block dial-up PC and messaging the girl I liked, waiting for them to log on. I would then quickly sign out when I saw the little green icon pop up.

It’s hilarious looking back on it now but at the time I think it helped improve that social kind of confidence, especially if you were the shy type like me.

Long story short, I was roaming Steam recently when I discovered a new kind of socializing game/chat room which peaked my interests; as it brought me back to those nostalgic MSN day’s.

VR Chat – What Is It?

Short for Virtual-Reality Chat, is a free application available on Steam; where you can express yourself in any way you see fit.

It’s basically an anime-like virtual land; you can talk and interact with people from all around the globe in real-time.

It’s quite a fascinating concept and it’s hard to explain, as the community there is freaking incredible.

I will get into the features and what’s available besides just talking but I guess it gives you that real life interactive experience, without having to put on a mask or pretend you are someone that your not.

Above Video:  VRChat Trailer.  

Building Confidence & Having Fun – Features

Upon entering the game, you will be taken through a set of tutorials to help you get used the controls.

These vary depending on what you are using, as the game supports VR headsets or the usual keyboard and mouse.

Once you’ve finished the tutorial, then you will be given a choice of Avatars to choose from. These range from skeletons to anime characters like Goku, Krillin or Monkey Dee Luffy.

You will then be thrown into the main lobby area, where you are free to explore and talk to other players. Exploring is broken up into different portals and worlds that you can enter.

Each world has their own scenario’s and activities to interact with, such as:

  • The Karaoke Stage – where people rap battle each other or sing and people can sit down and watch.
  • The Bar – can drink virtual beer and have a ‘waiter’ serve you.
  • Santa’s World – Ride sleighs and run around in the snow.

There are many more worlds to explore but these were just a few tiny examples. The developers are constantly adding more too, as the game is still in early access.

You will always have varied experiences based off the players on the server but it’s always guaranteed weird and funny  nonetheless.

Above Video: VRChat Gameplay. 

Can I Run It? – System Requirements

The minimum requirements are quite low and most relatively new gaming PC’s should be able to run it:

  • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel® i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or greater
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 1 GB available space

That being said the best experience comes from a good internet connection, as servers can lag and become buggy at times.

Highly Recommended!

VRChat is free to download and play right now from Steam, so why not give it a go?

For me, the rating for VRChat is 8/10. It will eventually be a 9 or 10 once all the bugs are fixed!

Have you tried VRChat? let me and others know your rating by submitting your score at top of the page!

If you have any questions let me know below!

Thanks guy’s and take care:)




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16 Replies to “VR Chat – MSN Face-to-Face

  1. Amazing. With all the computer enhancements done in the last 20 years, I see the new trend is towards VR and it’s components. VR seems to be the new wave and provides the user even greater anonymity in the online world. Do you think this a safe format or is it as unsafe as some online communication platforms? It does look rather cool.

    1. I think any form of VR or technological equipment can be unsafe depending on how you use the platform but I guess that goes for things drugs, you know they can either help improve or damage your life in some way.

  2. This looks pretty interesting but I’m not sure I want to tell my kids about it…..even though they probably already know. I’m afraid they wouldn’t do anything else around the house, at school or in sports.

    I was laughing a little as I was reading this because it looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. No worries Rick and I don’t blame you mate haha, games can be very addictive and I find that you can spend a lot of time on them.

      It’s tons of fun brother! Take care Rick.

  3. This is something I’m interested in! I’ve been looking for a good VR chat for some time now but never knew there was one as good as this. I’m super glad it’s free because I doubt all my friends would like to pay, lol. I’m also glad they have a good community. I’m going to check this out right now. Cheers

    1. Thanks for the comment Brandon! It’s an excellent chat game and I’ve had lots of fun with it, there’s so many activities and people to meet that you get lost in the world!

      Have fun mate!

  4. Had to leave a comment because of that MSN log-in log-out comment. I was ninja-level at that stuff haha. But looking back, it was all fun n games. VR chat seems like a MSN on steroids and I can see why it can be very engaging for gamers and other users alike. Free access is great but I’m a little worried it’ll mean that kids get to play outside a lot less. Maybe I’m just cynical. Good piece anyway, Derrick.

    1. You always need to have a balance Derrick and I think that’s important for kids especially but I think if it is managed correctly, it can be very beneficial for kids social development.

  5. LOL… well that video was interesting. I attend a facebook group where the host has all kinds of VR stuff and he is clearly having a lot of fun with it, so I am guessing that chat in VR land is going to be a riot. Inevitable, right?

    Thank you for sharing this. The world has been waiting a long time for VR to become mainstream, so I look forward to trying this out!

  6. Considering that the program is free, steam vr chat sounds like a fun game. For less than the vast majority of games on Steam, you can have an incredible experience. Get involved with weird people and see a new side of humanity, I am game for it.

    I do have a question though. Do you think something like this can be scaled up? If Google Earth took something like this and ran with it, then there could be some interesting scenarios played out. The possibilities are limitless.

    Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

    1. For sure Alex! And with the community constantly creating worlds and avatars all the time, it’s giving the developers time to improving the technical side but if google got in on it then the social aspect and funding would be limitless.

  7. I really want to get into VR Chat, I already enjoy it so much by watching videos of others perspectives, specially Jameskii and his gang (Vard and Brochacho are hilarious) I’m glad you listed the system requirements as I had not idea where to start improving my PC.
    Btw, I was one of those kids using MSN, I actually found it more fun than any other chat platform we have now. The excitement to chat with classmates and friends that would connect in the evenings…I miss those days 😊

    1. Hey Anne, Jameskii always creates the best videos for the game and it shows as you too will have the same experience. There’s nothing else quite like it!

  8. VR chat sounds fun! great way to make friends from around the world and “go out” and do karaoke without having to leave your home. I can see how services like this could be really useful for people who are disabled or bedbound or otherwise unable to leave home…satisfies need for social interaction. thanks for the great review as always!

    1. Thanks for the comment Penelope, I’ve been using Vrchat for quite a while now and it’s an excellent game! I find myself getting immersed in it every time I enter!

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