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VRIDER review - A virtual racing scene of several racers on motorbikes.

At its core, VRIDER is about the love of racing - and it really wants you to know that. Read our review for our full impressions.

Update Notice

This review was initially published on June 6, 2024, and was based on an early access version of VRIDER previously available on Quest App Lab. Our final review was published on June 13 and is based on the full release, adding our online multiplayer impressions and awarding a final score.

My personal background with racing games is that if it goes fast, I want to play it. I'm less of a serious racer and more the person to do donuts in a parking lot, so I'm more than happy to help myself to a title that lets me go whoosh if possible. I've sped along VR deserts with horse-riding sims, and pushed the limit on speedboats gliding over virtual waters. VRIDER checks my boxes as an ideal game I can play while blasting music and enjoying the road.

VRIDER - The Facts

What is it?: A high-speed motorbike racing game. Race alone, with others, or against your best time.
Platforms: Quest (reviewed on Quest 3)
Release Date: Out now
Developer: Funny Tales
Price: $29.99
VRIDER screenshot - A menu for a racing game, motorbike in the front and a menu with several game options in the back.

When VRIDER first opens, the user is greeted with the option to either begin racing immediately or go through a tutorial. It's highly recommended that new players try the tutorial first. Each bike handles differently and takes practice to master, but VRIDER's introduction offers twenty five challenges to get up to speed.

There are five motorbike models to pick from (featuring Kawasaki, Ducati, BMW, Yamaha, and Honda). Each bike handles differently, remaining faithful to the physical-world design of each vehicle to give a real difference in how they sit, sound, accelerate, and turn on the track.

There are multiple gameplay options: Quick Race, Track Trial, Tournament, Ghost Challenge, and Hot Lap. VRIDER boasts 12 racing circuits to conquer on its store page. There are also multiple options for racing either against AI, the ghost of other players, the ghost of your best lap, or live in multiplayer mode.

VRIDER screenshot - a motorbike on a VR game screen, centered on the road and ready to race.

Multiplayer PVP mode can be a fun way to see where you stack up against others with your racing skills. The mode includes an optional qualification round to make sure all players are fast enough to participate in the race. Each subsequent race includes a voting round for which track players would like next. The race is otherwise standard fare; spectator mode is sadly lacking here, though, as late joiners only get to see a floating menu rather than following along with a screen or shoulder view to see what others are doing.

Managing a racing title on the Quest 3 means balancing optimized graphics with immersive effects. Like most racing games, each stage is designed to give a sense of presence as the world whizzes by. It would have been nice to see a crowd on the bleachers, but that might have a performance cost if they were included. VRIDER is otherwise on par with racing games in terms of graphics, save for PC VR or PSVR 2 racing titles that can afford a few more trees and grass to populate the horizon (see: Gran Turismo 7).

VRIDER screenshot - A shot of a road with bleachers in the far background, and a bridge in the front.

There's also enough personality and difference between each circuit, so it doesn't feel like you're running along the same roads over and over again. Barcelona is my current favorite; it's fun racing in Endurance mode while spotting compact vans dotting either side.

The helmet and accumulating dirt features are especially fun. VRIDER comes with the option to either ride with a helmet directly on the player's face, or without for a feeling of greater danger. Simply press the left grip on your Quest controller to have a handy orange rag wipe your visor free. Going without the helmet can produce the same results with dirt accumulation. The dirt feature and helmet can be turned off in VRIDER's settings.

If you choose to wear a helmet and let dirt accumulate as you move, here's how it looks after a while:

VRIDER screenshot - A dirty visor with dirt across the space. Beyond this is an open road for racing.

Despite first impressions, it's completely possible to spin out if you lean too hard onto the road or hit a wall. No comfort or wellness setting will prevent any player from feeling the sudden halt of movement when that happens. When a player spins out on the road or after a collision, the camera stops and shows the bike spinning away from them.


For comfort, VRIDER offers MotionWellness technology. This manifests in the game's settings as two vignette options and different brightness settings. As a racing game, VRIDER is still on the intense side, so it shouldn't be anyone's first VR game without some caution.

Turning on the road, then, is an art. When it's done right, you can reach top speed and earn the pleasing sound of wind howling in your ears. The bike leans close to the road, and it signals the sensation that you could reach your hand out to nearly graze it on the asphalt. But that comes with the risk of spinning out or hitting an AI player, which can cause a hilarious domino effect of several drivers being wiped out at once.

VRIDER screenshot - A motorbike leaning hard into a left turn, nearly toppling over.

VRIDER Review - Final Verdict

The official game of the Superbike World Championship, VRIDER offers a glimpse into the world of motorbike racing as a more accessible (and safer) VR title. Packed with optimization and smart implementation of immersive graphics and sound, VRIDER gives players the feeling of riding at top speed along real-world licensed race tracks. Its spectator mode for multiplayer races needs an overhaul, though.

Even if you aren't the most avid sports fan, this title is satisfying simply for being a great racing sim. VRIDER is a great balm in the absence of professional racing games in the Quest Store. It balances optimization against an immersive experience that's a lot more enjoyable than first expected.

UploadVR uses a 5-Star rating system for our game reviews – you can read a breakdown of each star rating in our review guidelines.

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