Welcome to the first Developer Update for 2024! It’s January 4 2024!
Today’s thumbnail image features the VRCNYE 2024 world! Although the New Year is here, you can go and enjoy the New Year world any time you like.
If you’d like to catch up, read our previous Developer Update from December 7 2023.
As noted in our previous update, this Developer Update will be relatively light because we’re coming from our winter break and New Year’s Eve celebrations! Hope you all had a good time, both in and outside of VRChat!
The VRChat Creator Companion should already be recommending to upgrade to Unity 2022.3.6f1. Check out the upgrade guide for more info.
As a reminder, you can always check what version of Unity we’ll recommend from this page.
We celebrated our biggest event of the year worldwide on New Years Eve on VRChat!
VRCNYE 2024 was the most successful ever, and we welcomed over 106,000 concurrent users online! WOO!
The VRChat New Year’s Eve world hosted 70 posters, 18 booths, 152 logos – and the Entertainment Network showed 168 videos. All of these were submitted and created by the VRChat community!
A few fun facts:
- Hundreds of thousands of people saw the community-submitted posters, booths, logos, and videos!
- There were more Quest/Android users online than PCVR+Desktop users online at peak, by about 5%.
- The Entertainment Network loop was 8.5 hours long and ran for about 30 hours! It looped 3.5 times! It only crashed once!
Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the project and explored the world! We couldn’t have done it without you.
By the way, how many of you found the secret cheese shop?
In addition to being the time of year when we normally establish new CCU peaks, NYE is also when we usually find out really well-hidden “uh oh” spots in our service stability!
We had about 45 minutes of outage during the celebrations. You couldn’t log in or join new worlds in VRChat during this outage. If you were already in a world and didn’t leave, though, you were fine staying there. Hey, where’d the Log Out button go?
It turns out that one of our partners that provides us service had issues under the load, so we’re working on reducing that particular load and other mitigations.
The world category for NYE2024 will stay up until Friday, January 5, 2024, and the world will remain in VRChat for all prosperity. Hop into VRChat and check the “VRCNYE 2024” category!
If you’re reading this after that date, you can search for “VRC NYE 2024”, or use this link!
If you didn’t see it, we had a version of the New Year’s world with an unlocked video player. Use it to throw your own event!
If you want to watch the VRChat Entertainment Network all over again or just want to keep a copy for yourself, here’s the 1080p and 720p versions of the stream:
1080p (17.9GB): https://assets.vrchat.com/videos/nye2024/NYE2024-All-1080.mp4
720p (9.6GB): https://assets.vrchat.com/videos/nye2024/NYE2024-All-720.mp4
These file links will remain up and online until MONDAY, January 8, 2024.
We won’t be uploading them to YouTube or archive.org, but you can do so yourself if you’d like. It looks like some people have already backed up the video on both YouTube and Archive.org, so thank you to you!
Sanrio Virtual Festival returns for the third time in February, with multiple live events and community participants!
Keep an eye on our socials for details later this month for more information!
That’s it for this Dev Update!
We’re still returning from break and gearing up for another year of development, so there isn’t much to share regarding development since our December update.
Our next update is scheduled for January 18, 2024. We’ll announce more news about the Creator Economy in that update and have more to share on our development now that we’re up and running again.