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Getting Started with React VR

By : John Gwinner
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Getting Started with React VR

By: John Gwinner

Overview of this book

This book takes you on a journey to create intuitive and interactive Virtual Reality experiences by creating your first VR application using React VR 2.0.0. It starts by getting you up to speed with Virtual Reality (VR) and React VR components. It teaches you what Virtual Reality (VR) really is, why it works, how to describe 3D objects, the installation of Node.js (version 9.2.0) and WebVR browser. You will learn 3D polygon modeling, texturing, animating virtual objects and adding sound to your VR world. You will also discover ways to extend React VR with new features and native Three.js. You will learn how to include existing high-performance web code into your VR app. This book will also take you through upgrading and publishing your app. By the end of this book, you'll have a deep knowledge of Virtual Reality and a full-fledged working VR app to add to your profile!
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback

Upgrading React VR

One of the neat things, although it can be frustrating, is that web projects are frequently updated. During the writing of this book, React VR was updated. There are a couple of different ways to do an upgrade:

  • You can install/create a new app with the same name
    • You will then go to your old app and copy everything over
    • This is a facelift upgrade or Rip and Replace
  • Do an update. Mostly, this is an update to package.json, and then delete node_modules and rebuild it. This is an upgrade in place.

It is up to you which method you use, but the major difference is that an upgrade in place is somewhat easier—no source code to modify and copy—but it may or may not work. A Facelift upgrade also relies on you using the correct react-vr-cli. There is a notice that runs whenever you run React VR from the Command Prompt that will tell you whether it's old:


The error or warning that comes up about an upgrade when you run React VR from a Command Prompt may fly by quickly. It takes a while...