HOW TO WATCH VR
Today there are 4 basic options to watch virtual reality films: An immersive headmounted VR headset, a simple VR viewer that uses a smartphone, a smartphone on its own or a web video player.
We describe and compare those options here.
Technically the best but also the most expensive way to experience virtual reality content is with a immersive VR headset. Most VR headsets offer complete 360 3D vision and spatial audio. That means that you can look all around and hear things everywhere around you depending on your head movement.
VR headsets rely on other devices to play VR content. Some of them use mobile phones, others rely on computers or game consoles. Right now the most common VR headsets are: Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and the Playstation VR.
Each headset has its own video player and apps in which you can experience VR films. We are also able to produce branded apps and videoplayers for most platforms.
The second best and by far cheaper way to watch VR content is a simple Cardboard VR viewer. Get it, fold it, put your smartphone in it and enter the world of virtual reality. A cardboard offers complete 360 3D vision and spatial audio if you use it with ordinary headphones. That means that you can look all around you and hear things everywhere around you depending on your head movement.
Cardboard viewers work along with basically any mobile phone and are available in many different styles. You can also customize your own, branded cardboard viewer and you can even send it to your customers via mail.
With a cardboard viewer and a smartphone you are able to watch all VR films on any VR film platform such as Facebook or YouTube. You can also enjoy any VR Apps available in the App Store.
Right now Cardboards are the most used and popular technology to enjoy virtual reality films.
But even if you don't have a VR headset, you can still enjoy VR films using your smartphone on its own. You just need to hold your phone up and look around. You can also hear things everywhere around. Of course using only your smartphone is a limited VR experience. You only have a 2D flat experience - but still it is fine to get a first impression and gives you the opportunity to reach audiences that do not have any VR equipment.
Most video platforms such as Facebook and YouTube support 360 2D video playback with a smartphone. You can also enjoy most VR Apps in a 360 2D mode using only your smartphone and headphones.
But you do not even need a smartphone to watch VR films. You can playback 360 videos on any desktop computer in your browser. You can watch all around clicking and dragging with your mouse. With heaphones you can also enjoy full spatial audio. To be very clear: watching 360 videos in your browser is no real VR experience. It is not immersive and it is not 3D. But it is an easy way to get a glimpse of a VR film.
Facebook and YouTube support 360 video playback on desktop computers and you can also embed 360 videos on your homepage. This can be very useful for marketing purposes.