So far, virtual reality has been used almost exclusively with handheld or head-mounted viewers like HTC Vive or Google Cardboard. If you own an iPhone user, you may have wondered what VR’s like.
Right now, Android users get better virtual reality on a whole, but it’s not impossible to use it on an iPhone either.
What Do I Need?
To use VR on an iPhone, you need the same things that you would with any smartphone: apps delivering VR content and a viewing device like the Gear VR that provides the two lenses required for the VR experience.
Now that you have these things, tap the VR app you want to use, then insert the iPhone into the viewer. You should be facing the screen. You’ll be in VR once you raise the viewer to your eyes. You may or may not be able to interact with the app content depending on the viewer hardware you’re using. Some VR apps are interactive, like games, while others are more passive. With the latter, you just watch content that’s presented to you.
The best-known and most impressive VR reality systems available right now include the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PS VR. These systems are complex and powerful, operated through high-end computers. On iPhones, the experience is somewhat different. Usually, you view content passively, although some apps support basic interactions via respective buttons.
VR Headsets Compatible with iPhone
Some good choices for iPhone-compatible VR viewers include:
- Google Cardboard: Basic, yet simple and lightweight. Very well-priced.
- Dodocase P2: A simple, cardboard viewer sold in bulk to other companies.
- Zeiss VR One Plus: The most complex headset available for iPhone, including support for augmented reality applications. The price is higher as well.
- Homido VR: A headset focused on comfort, with adjustable lenses.
Virtual Reality Apps for iPhone
Try one of the following apps if you’ve got a VR viewer:
- Discovery VR: The Discovery Channel’s app takes you on an immersive trip around the world.
- Jaunt VT: This app includes ABC News documentaries and ESPN college football content.
- Life VR: People and Time magazines provide virtual reality content via this app.
- Sisters: Immersive horror is a lot scarier than the regular kind – download Sisters to see for yourself.
- Within: A collection of narrative VR experiences.
- YouTube: The standard app supports virtual reality content that’s been uploaded to the platform as well.
Admittedly, virtual reality on the iPhone is still in its very early stages of development. It’s not going to progress until Apple integrates VR and VR headset support into the iOS. Once it does, this technology of the future will take off.