Best VR apps to get the most from your headset
In the world of VR games unfairly get the most hype. But to get the most out of your headset, check out the best VR apps that you’ve probably never heard of.
If you thought virtual reality is mostly associated with gaming, you’d be correct. The fact is, certain genres can only come to life with VR, such as horror games. It offers a more immersive experience, a thrill which can’t be replicated on a flat 2D screen.
But did you know there’s a slew of innovative VR apps out there too? Here’s 10 of our favourites to help you get the most out of your headset, no matter which one you’re rocking.
If ever there was a chance to tag the night with graffiti without consequence of fines or jailtime, this is it. Kingspray lets you roam urban landscapes and use super realistic spray paint to make artworks on walls, rooftops or trains. You can use different spray can caps and pressure to fully customize your masterpiece and even upload images to use as stencils within the game. All in the name of the law.
Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift
This breathtaking stop-motion VR film takes place in the skies in a town built on clouds. In it you act as the camera with the chance to discover the beautifully drawn world at your own pace in a narrative that has no dialogue, but plenty of weight.
The storyline revolves around a young girl and is based up a poem by Hans Christian Anderson. Despite the lack of dialogue, the characters emotions and intent are displayed through her actions and noises, tying into the charming yet heart wrenching tale. This is certainly not a game by any means, but rather a narrative that rises above genre as a beautiful storytelling experience.
Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR
Artist or not, this VR app is something everyone should experience. Tilt Brush lets you paint and create in a 3D space in every conceivable colour possible and eve use effects like smoke trails and sparkles. The accuracy of the motion controls is incredible, and mistakes can be easily undone.
Ultimately, this app is a blast for the artist and the non-creative alike. And who knows, it may bring out another side to your psyche that’s been waiting to be discovered. Painting in a 3D virtual space like this is revolutionary, and Tilt Brush is hands down one of the best VR apps you can get hold of right now.
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
A simple but immersive flying experience for VR, Aircar lets you navigate through a city reminiscent of Blade Runner’s dystopian L.A. This is a hidden gem amongst the slew of VR apps that exist out there, and of course, it’s all set to synthy electronic music while pitter patter rains down on your windshield. MOOD.
If anything, Aircar is a meditative experience and cuts to the chase of what a flight simulator should be about – enjoying peace and isolation for a brief, fleeting moment.
Hit up the cinema, home theatre or projector in the park and watch your favourite content with Bigscreen. This app lets you do it all with friends, bringing you a rich, immersive viewing experience. You can also stream online content and cast your desktop onto the virtual big screen, wrapping around and consuming you rather than you consuming it. VR Lan party anyone?
Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift
Google Earth VR
Google Earth for desktop was fascinating enough but experiencing it in VR is a whole different ball game. Zooming around this crusty planet of ours is a whole lot of fun, and visiting landmarks negates the need to travel (not really, get out of the house). It’s free and therefore, certain areas will appear as nothing more than 3 dimensional smudges, but beggars can’t be choosers.
Platform: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard
If there’s anything to be learned from these apps it’s that reality is way more fun in the virtual space. The possibilities for VR are endless, and with more innovations being conjured up every week, expect to see big shifts in the way we live, work and play in the coming years. These are some of the best VR apps to help you have the most immersive experience possible. Get creative or simply escape from it all. The headset is your oyster.