5 Virtual Reality Apps for Your Smartphone

Virtual Reality has made a big splash in 2016 with new headsets hitting mainstream markets. While enthusiasts are more than willing to pay for full-featured headsets, beginners will enjoy smartphone headsets like the ReTrak Utopia 360-degree Headset or Google Cardboard. Thanks to a variety of apps for Android and iOS devices, users of these headsets can get a taste of VR without making a big investment in a more robust headset. Here are a few of my favourite apps to get any newbie acquainted with Virtual Reality.

1. YouTube

iOS | Android

While YouTube might seem like an obvious choice for video in general, it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of virtual reality. However, YouTube is big on 360-degree video and VR content. To find this content, search “360” and “VR” right in the app. You’ll find a wide variety of videos here and there are new ones being added constantly.

2. Jaunt

iOS | Android

Like YouTube, Jaunt doesn’t require a VR headset but you’ll get the most out of it with one. Jaunt features a range of content from documentaries on Syria and North Korea to sports to concerts. If you don’t have a VR headset, the app allows you to consume the content in 360-degree video mode instead.

3. Within

iOS | Android

This app offers a selection of VR and 360-degree video experiences from production company, Within. Within specializes in producing VR content. They create original story-based immersive experiences and collaborate with content creators like Saturday Night Live. The result is a well-rounded collection of videos.

4. InCell VR

iOS | Android

InCell is an immersive action-packed racing game with an educational spin. The game takes place in a micro world of the human cell. The player rides along in the cell through capillaries avoiding viruses and the destruction of the cell. It’s an impressively immersive experience and a great way to experience VR, especially for a beginner.

5. Google Cardboard

iOS | Android

Google has gotten into the VR game with tools like Google Cardboard, a VR viewer for smartphones. As part of that effort, the company has created the Google Cardboard app. As you can imagine, it’s a perfect introduction to VR. The Cardboard app offers several experiences: Explorer, Exhibit, Urban Hike, Kaleidoscope, and Arctic Journey. Explorer takes through exciting immersive environments. Exhibit allows you to view 3D objects from a museum collection. In Urban Hike, you can take a walk through iconic cities. Kaleidescope is a fun VR take on the old classic. Finally, Arctic Journey allows you experience the arctic first-hand, right in the comfort of your living room.