It is the process of understanding your whole vision and gathering requirements for your app before heading into app development.
Think of it like hiring a building architect to design a house before you hire the builder.
Virtual reality and VR apps have captured imaginations for years. While nothing new, it has definitely progressed since its humble beginnings in the 1950s into a technology that continues to enhance the boundaries of the physical world, and change the way we can interact with the external environment.
If designed correctly, a virtual reality app can literally transport you anywhere globally, from computer-generated environments to the real world. With its limitless avenues and as an updated brand experience, virtual reality apps are definitely a worthwhile investment for your business.
VR apps offer that something a little bit extra, ideal for data visualisation of the environment and product interactions. The VR industry itself is in-demand, projected to increase from 6.2 billion US dollars in 2019 to over 16 billion by 2022. Whether it’s in the medical field, providing an improved online shopping experience to simulating events in the construction industry, VR app development continues to improve businesses by creating simulations for their products, services and processes. Instead of conducting expensive and often risky in-person training exercises and events, companies can utilise VR technology to provide the safer option of virtual training instead. For example, in construction and home building, users can walk through a computer-generated simulation of a proposed space without worrying about injuring builders onsite. Medical internals meanwhile can learn new procedures through a simulated surgery.
As your VR App developer, App Boxer has over a decade of experience in VR app development and specialises in enterprise software applications for mobile and webs for businesses. Our focus on tailored design solutions and digital strategies is what sets us apart from our competitors and ensures we deliver successful VR apps made exclusively for a company’s individual requirements. Our services have helped everyone from global enterprises to small boutique businesses. Our process covers capabilities from planning and 3D visualisation, 360 degree walkthroughs, scale and depths, hardware configuration, gaming applicationtions, geolocation and more!
Virtual reality apps are applications that make use of virtual reality (VR), a specific type of immersive sensory experience that can digitally simulate the external environment.
The process for VR app development is lengthy, covering several technical requirements. If you break down the technical jargon into manageable chunks and turn them into more straightforward steps, mastering VR app development becomes easier.
1: Enhance your creative idea by conducting a thorough competitor analysis.
2: Explore the existing SK markets and platforms for virtual reality app development. Opt for one which fits your expertise, budget and creative idea the most. The best-performing VR apps begin with choosing platforms and SDK’s like SteamVR, Oculus Home and XboxVR
3: Game engines – nowadays, they are free. VR and game engines are responsible for storing and displaying the data the user sees, rendering images and proving input methods to the user’s brain. Examples can include, Nvidia’s Havok, Unity’s Game Studio, Unreal Engine and Gear VR’s Unity3D.
5: Design and prototype tools. – For a VR app to work well, prototyping the VR experience for testing purposes is essential. It allows you to assess –
360 degree view
Scale and depth
Use of available sensors
6: Hardware – Finally, you need to choose what kind of hardware you would like your app to run on. VR hardware types, include the following: Console
Light mobile VR headsets
Premium mobile VR headsets
VR headsets connecting to external PCs
VR haptic feedback suits
While not necessarily a new innovation, recent advancements have made virtual reality, and consequently VR apps more accessible and affordable to a variety of applications. Compared to an augmented reality application, virtual reality can truly capture imaginations, fully propose real life experiences and transform the everyday into a new design process. VR is customisable for limitless applications, making it a lucrative investment to update brand experience. Today, virtual reality apps continue to have enormous potential to enhance and transform the way individuals participate in external events.
The cost of VR app development can vary from agency to agency. Development costs also come down to whether you are developing a mobile VR application or a mobile VR game as each have different functions. For non-gaming VR apps, the costs of development vary between $25,000-$50,000. Mobile VR games can cost anywhere from $40,000-$175,000.
Here’s a general breakdown of costs for VR app developers:
Project Documentation Cost : $700-$8,000 (3–20 days)
Virtual Reality App Development Cost : $5,000 — $300,000 (3 to 24 months).
VR development Cost Per Hour: $65–$150 per hour.
Post-production maintenance Cost: $65–150 per hour after the warranty period.
You may also need to consider the cost of development rates depending on the complexity of your upcoming VR application. VR app complexity costs are as follows:
VR simple game cost: $5,000 – $8,000
VR online shop cost: $15,000 – $25,000
Advanced horror game: $20,000 – $80,000
3D animation: $50,000 – $200,000
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