Why VR?

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Virtual reality (VR) is the future. Whether it'd be getting a tour of a building yet to be built or playing games with never seen before immersion, this technology provides many new opportunities that has yet to be explored. While VR is still in its infancy, it is a fast-growing industry that developers can capitalize on right now. This is an industry that has a lot of room for innovation, and as such, many opportunities for developers to make a name for themselves. Rather than adding another app to the app store, developers may want to start thinking about the potential of developing the VR headsets because it is still quite an untapped market. Currently, many popular tools across many industries are implementing support for VR functionality. Game engines like Unity are working on tools that make it easy to create VR games. Even video tools like Adobe Premiere are adding support for VR videos. There is no doubt that the VR industry will only continue to grow as VR headsets become mainstream and affordable for everyday consumers.

Options

There are many options when it comes to VR headsets. While cheap options such as Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear exist, they do not provide the best VR experience. For full immersion, you will either need to go with the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive. These two headsets are top of the line, though the Vive has enjoyed more popularity due to its motion controls.

Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift

HTC Vive

HTC Vive

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Tilt Brush

An incredible app from Google that allows VR users to paint anything they wish in three dimensions using their controllers. It comes with many effects and scene management tools that make the experience even more incredible.

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IrisVR

IrisVR brings virtual reality to architecture, engineering, and construction. It allows for a simple setup that creates immersive VR walkthroughs with the click of a button. It supports many applications like SketchUp, Revit, and Rhino.

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VRChat

A game reminiscent of Playstation Home, but for VR. It's an extremely popular app with a lot of customizability, including the ability to port in your own models to roleplay as in the game via Unity's SDK. The app is like living a second life, interacting with people close up across the world.