The Complete Beginner’s Guide to VR Development
- Lao TzuThe journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
Why you should start Developing today
Why the VR Industry needs people like you
Requirements before jumping in
VR Industry Standards & Terminology
Collection of Advice & Resources from VR Developers
Cheats & Shortcuts
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Why Should I Start Developing Virtual Reality?
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Why the VR Industry needs Developers (like you)
“for VR to make a proper splash, today’s software developers must focus their efforts on creating content that consumers will use on their headsets.“
– Tony Scherba of TechCrunch
“it’s hard to convince people to buy a VR headset if there’s nothing to watch or play on it. And it’s hard to convince developers and producers to make content for a device that nobody owns yet. It’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem as far as content goes.“
Requirements – Before you Jump In
Android users will need a computer running Mac OS X (10.8+) or Windows (7, 8, or 10) to deploy their VR apps.
iPhone users (iPhone 5 or later) will need a Mac running Mac OS X (10.8+) to deploy their VR apps.
VR-ready PC (Intel i5 or greater, high-end graphics card)
- Mobile VR Headset – Selection Here
HTC Vive or Oculus Rift
Burning Desire to Learn
Virtual Reality Industry Standards & Terminology:
Begin a new VR Unity project from scratch
Adapt an existing Unity 3D application to VR
Make an app that can easily switch in and out of VR mode
Choose a platform below to get started with Unity.
Advice & Resource from VR Developers
“Be patient because VR at the moment is mostly trial and error and from a business side is hard to get money. “
- How can you begin developing for virtual reality?
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2. Rob Crasco
“I always point people to Unity3D if they want to get into developing, it’s more or less the standard at this point. Udemy has a nice course.
Good way for people to get their feet wet. No real way to get around the programming part of it, that would be my only warning for people looking to get into it.
Start Today! Truthfully you don’t get opportunities to jump into an industry this early on, very often.”
“The most important aspect to consider when starting to develop a VR app is the planning phase. This requires and understanding of the user experience within a particular headset as well as the various nuances with each headset.
For example, when developing for the Gear VR (mobile VR), you cannot use movable light as the processing capabilities of mobile devices are not powerful enough. Planning a VR app involves a slight shift in process. With traditional apps and games, the planning involves wireframing and storyboarding the experience and interactions. With VR development, the process is three-dimensional.
Storyboarding for VR involves visualizing in a 3D space. In addition to the differences in designing the app layout, interaction design is quite different than traditional app design. Positional tracking, gaze input and spatial audio cues are some of the different ways users interact with a VR app.
The best way to get a grasp on VR interactions is to use VR. Get a cheap VR headset and play some games and apps yourself. Make note of what works well and what doesn’t.”
4. Kat V Harris
“When I was first starting out I mainly watched a bunch of videos from Unity’s website. They have great tutorials and sample code. I also just started playing around with different engines and tested things out.”
5. Mike Amerson
“Start off small. Don’t try to create your grand game design idea of Open world MMO, Grand theft auto meets Call of duty meets Skyrim game. You’ll never get it off the ground because big ideas take lots of people, and you can’t hire lots of people unless you have lots money, and you can’t get lots of money from an investor or publisher if you have no experience. So start off small, baby steps. Make something thats already out there like a tetris, or a match 3 game. Get your feet wet in the development process before proceeding to move onto bigger and better things.”
Cheats & Shortcuts
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