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The global virtual reality market size was valued at USD 960.9 million in 2016 and expected an exponential growth over the forecast period from 2014-2025, said . The projected market potential benefits from diverse and affordable VR devices, and its ability to be incorporated into the widespread application from commercial to medical fields. The considerable market potential attracts many tech companies to share the big pie. Although the VR market is highly dynamic, the competition is also very intense, requiring the tech companies to upgrade their products consistently.
, Oculus intends to release their higher-end standalone VR headset named Santa Cruz at the first quarter of 2019. Oculus is ambitious on taking the market share by designing a VR headset with cameras added for inside-out tracking of 6DOF head movement and two . While waiting for the release of Oculus Santa Cruz, we know that your desire for consuming high-quality VR content can’t wait. Therefore, we sum up the best must-have VR apps for you to spend a wonderful time whenever, wherever.
Travel VR Apps
Google Earth VR: bringing the whole wide world to virtual reality
How long have you been entangled in work? When was your last trip? With Google Earth VR, you can simply travel to anywhere no matter if you have time conflicts or financial difficulties, you can travel anywhere simply w. It provides you a free experience to the world from a totally new perspective. It offers tons of premium content covering over 500 million km² on earth, including the mysterious Amazon river basin, the bustling Manhattan, the grand canyon and the Swiss Alps. You can either browse, walk around or even fly to visit these tourist attractions on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
If you don’t have Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, don’t worry. You can still check out Street View in VR with your phone—just download thefor Google Daydream and Google Cardboard to start you off in space, zoom in on any part of the globe with a bird’s eye view of the locale in question.
Exoplanet Excursions: NASA’s exclusive guide of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system
TRAPPIST-1 is an ultra-cool red dwarf star that is slightly larger, but much more massive, than the planet Jupiter, and also the only known exoplanet system to host seven roughly Earth-size planets. However, it took a long time for scientists to collect its information because the TRAPPIST-1 system is too far away for telescopes to directly observe.
It seems to be hard for the ordinary to travel space and explore TRAPPIST-1, but NASA made the dream come true. The audience can use Exoplanet Excursion to navigate around five of the seven planets, surrounded by the blackness of space and the faint lights of distant stars.
You can download Exoplanet Excursion for Oculus and Vive through virtual experience on their desktop, Android devices, iPhone and Google Cardboard.and will soon be available through the Oculus store. It also allows you to get the immersive
Entertainment VR Apps
VeeR VR Immersive: exclusive access to thousands of premium VR experiences on major VR platforms
Can you image transit from Asia to America just in seconds? Can you image wander the streets of Tokyo and visit Burning Man Festival in Nevada without booking flights? Can you image skiing on Alps and diving into Sipadan with one app? You can achieve these unbelievable goals on VeeR VR Immersive. VeeR puts you in front of a global community of top VR creators from over 180 countries and regions. No matter you like documentary or horror films, star wars or animations, you will find the VR contents that interest you the most on VeeR VR Immersive.
You can watch free premium VR contents through VeeR on major VR headsets, including , , , , and more. If you don’t have a headset, VeeR VR is also free to download for and and you can enjoy 360 photos and videos with Google Cardboard.
Beat Saber: a unique VR rhythm game that you couldn’t resist
Unlike other VR games, Beat Saber is a unique VR rhythm game where your goal is to slash the beats without getting bored. Every beat indicates which saber you need to use and also the direction you need to match. All the music is composed to perfectly fit the handmade levels.
The addictive operating mode explains why it gained rave reviews. It is one of the highest rated game on Steam with over 5500 reviews. You can download Beat Saber for $19.99 on and the .
Lone Echo: your first time floating in the space
Many VR games have failed to capture the feeling of floating in space except Lone Echo. In Lone Echo, you will take a role of Jack, an artificial intelligence, to help Captain Olivia Rhodes solve the problems. This game engages the player through interactive dialogues and futuristic tools. The strong sci-fi story and amazing space setting make Lone Echo the best way to visit space without experiencing the rigorous selection of astronauts.
is available for the Oculus Rift.
Social VR Apps
VRChat: Interact with global users in the virtual world.
Have you watched Ready Player One? Have you ever think about OASIS really exist? The answer is positive. VRChat is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online virtual reality video game where you can where players interact with others by avatars. You can create your own avatar on VRChat instead of getting a well-designed one from its store, which sounds as exciting as Wade did in Ready Player One.
The reason VR aficionados and players getting crazy about VRChat is the expanding and engaging world that transforms game experiences. The developers defined VRChat by two assets: the catalog of mini-games and the social capabilities. These two distinctive features make VRChat a combination of social platform and video game.is available for free through Steam.
High fidelity: attend events thousands of miles away with the headset
No words can describe how excited it is to share the virtual worlds by collapsing distance. Players can create new spaces and bring people at a distance into real human contact, such as attend events and entertain each other all in high fidelity. You can go dancing in the dance club and talk to a bunch of strangers and even touch their avatars. The experience is highly realistic while it sync your movements with the virtual characters. is also available for free through Steam.
Education VR Apps
InMind VR 2 (Cardboard): develop decision-making strategy and neuroscience from VR game
You’ll take part in the process of one teenager named John becoming an adult, and help shape John’s future self while experiencing an exciting journey inside the unusual micro world of the carefully recreated human brain. Remember that in this world even one small molecule can change a person’s destiny!
InMind VR 2 is a free educational game forand users. You can also use Google Cardboard to get the immersive experience for better learning.
Titans of Space: a free guided tour of our planets and a few stars in the virtual reality
Through the “Titans of Space”, students will be able to view the galaxy where we are in a virtual reality perspective. With the music and the perfect visual effect, it will allow students to a more three-dimensional understanding of the mysterious solar system. Planets will be reduced to one-millionth of the actual size to get a surreal experience. For example, the earth seems to be a small house or a size of 12.7 meters wide hologram. The space giants are self-regulating and are equipped with various options, so you can customize your patrols based on your preference for students. It can be used with VR devices such as , and .
Anatomyou: learn human anatomy through virtual immersive 3D navigation.
The app shows, using virtual immersive 3D navigation on a mobile device, the anatomical structures of various systems of the human body browsed at the minimally invasive procedures. Although this application is geared to health science students in the medical field, it can also be used to teach students knowledge of human anatomy. These include the following systems: nose, throat, gastrointestinal, circulatory (divided into arteries, veins, lymph) and female reproduction.
This app is only available on the App Store fordevices, but you can use Google Cardboard to get an immersive 3D experience.
KingTut VR: history is fascinating
There is no better way to learn about history than to be fully immersed in the subject matter. To experience the moment an important event took place is worth more than any number of pictures or chapters in a textbook. Unfortunately, there are few people that are lucky enough to travel to historical sites in order to learn first hand about the world’s history. For example, to view the Death Mask of Tutankhamun one must travel to Cairo, Egypt and visit the Egyptian Museum. KingTut VR lets you experience the Tomb of King Tutankhamun on your iOS or Android devices in Virtual Reality. See the awe-inspiring hieroglyphics and Death Mask of Tutankhamun up close from the comfort of your own home. The full 360-degree virtual environment lets you get a personal view of these impressive historical artifacts without having to worry about the curse of the Pharaohs.
KingTut VR is available forand .
Meditation VR Apps
Relax VR: Meditation from the hustle and bustle of everyday life
Now in virtual reality, some apps on your phone can bring you to immerse in a cloistered world of your own, you can step away from the stresses of reality to a gentle, calming environment. Relax VR provides beautiful locations, soothing sounds, relaxing experience, to immerse yourself in high resolution 360 videos from around the world, with spacial audio – hearing the waves gently lapping on the seashore and watch the ripples created by a soft breeze. VR Relax–Meditation & Sleep – It includes a cartoonish space environment, a Middle Eastern setting, and morning, night, ocean, and rain landscapes.
Relax VR is now on, & .
Guided Meditation VR: relax in exotic locations
It is a virtual reality relaxation app where you can recharge in exotic locations across the universe. It includes a forest path, a Japanese garden, a mountain peak, and a beach, with both photo-realistic and computer-generated environments. Experience virtual reality meditation anywhere your heart desires. Relax in VR with your or .
Perfect beach VR: enjoy the beach view without jet lag.
Perfect Beach is a perfect break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you’ve just come back from a stressful day at the office, or you’re on a busy flight but would prefer the surroundings of your own tropical island getaway, the VR app allows you take a break from the real world and soak up the virtual sun on your own private beach. Perfect Beach VR is free to download for and .
Shopping VR Apps
Virtual Reality Shopping: Now Shopaholics Can Indulge Right From the Comforts of Home
Living in the fast-paced society, shopping online is on the rise. People search for goods in the online stores and put an order without actually picking up items. But as the technology booms, even online shopping provides a “real experience”. VR shopping is trying to not only provide customers the convenience of online shopping, but also the virtual reality experience of being in a store.
In July 2018, Amazon VR kiosks announced in 10 shopping malls to promote its Prime Day shopping event. Amazon showed its ambition of leading the retailing industry by transforming the future of shopping. You can walk through through the virtual room that reflect Amazon store sections, and each room has its distinctive design. You can handle any product with Oculus Touch controllers, even to try on the clothes.
This is not the first application of VR in shopping. In 2017, Mastercard and Swarovski launched a virtual reality shopping app for the Atelier Swarovski home décor line available for Android and iOS. And early in 2016, an e-commerce giant Alibaba had launched Buy+ VR shopping on Taobao app. With the help of a Google cardboard, this shopping application can bring you to the shopping malls from all over the world and you can buy anything you like online.
Although VR shopping faces challenges of creating realistic shopping experiences, it tackles the hassle shopping experiences, such as going to different malls to find the best fits. All you need is your Android or IOS device with a Google Cardboard.
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