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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)

Process overview – Part 1

To build this zombie shooting range, we will split the work into several stages over two chapters. Part 1 will focus on the environment and the primary assets. These tasks are further divided into the following phases:

  • Setting up the Unity environment
  • Creating the player elements
  • Building the game environment
  • Creating the Zombie prefab

Once complete, we will move on to Part 2, where we will look at the scripts for zombie spawning, movement, attacking, and death. We will also use lighting and a skybox to set the mood, before learning how to build and deploy the final application. This will be a fun project, so sit back, fire up the latest version of Unity, and get ready to summon some rotters.