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Virtual Reality Blueprints

By : Charles Palmer, John Williamson
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Virtual Reality Blueprints

By: Charles Palmer, John Williamson

Overview of this book

Are you new to virtual reality? Do you want to create exciting interactive VR applications? There's no need to be daunted by the thought of creating interactive VR applications, it's much easier than you think with this hands-on, project-based guide that will take you through VR development essentials for desktop and mobile-based games and applications. Explore the three top platforms—Cardboard VR, Gear VR, and OculusVR —to design immersive experiences from scratch. You’ll start by understanding the science-fiction roots of virtual reality and then build your first VR experience using Cardboard VR. You'll then delve into user interactions in virtual space for the Google Cardboard then move on to creating a virtual gallery with Gear VR. Then you will learn all about virtual movements, state machines, and spawning while you shoot zombies in the Oculus Rift headset. Next, you'll construct a Carnival Midway, complete with two common games to entertain players. Along the way, you will explore the best practices for VR development, review game design tips, discuss methods for combating motion sickness and identify alternate uses for VR applications
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Acquiring the Oculus SDK package

Unity provides built-in support for most of the virtual reality devices on the market. Additionally, Oculus provides a set of utilities which contains a variety of assets (scripts, prefabs, demonstration scenes, and so on) to facilitate development for the Rift and Samsung Gear VR. Installation of the utilities can be done by importing the Oculus Integration plugin from the Asset Store or by downloading the Oculus Utilities for Unity from

At the time of this writing, the current version of Unity is 2017.2 and the OVRPlugin (included in the Utilities) is 1.18.1. However, as the company is constantly improving the platform, major revisions are always on the horizon. Take the following steps to integrate it:

  1. Search for the Oculus Integration plugin in the Asset Store
  2. Select the package and click the...