Best Virtual Reality Apps and Experiences You Should Try Right Now
Updated: Mar 29
Been eyeing a VR headset of late? Already have one but don’t know which apps to try? Don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered. There are a ton of great virtual reality apps and games in the market today and while a lot of them are quite decent, not every one of them is worth your time. To save you the trouble of going through poor VR experiences, we’ve compiled a list of the best VR apps and games you should try right now, with options across a variety of genres so that all of you find something that catches your fancy:
Note: Some of the apps on this list contain flashing lights and images which might trigger seizures, nausea or headaches use them at your own risk. Prices mentioned in the article are for the Android versions of the apps, wherever applicable, pricing on other platforms may vary.
Pros: Lots of high-quality content, simple and intuitive design, quick and easy set up
Cons: No search function or content filter and no way of getting notified of new content.
Within is a 360 and VR video-hosting app that's home to an incredible breadth of content. When I first came across it on the App Store I was a bit cautious—the app hadn't received many reviews. But a free app is a free app and after a quick download and start-up I have zero regrets.
Supported platforms: Android (Google Daydream), iOS, Windows, Oculus, PlayStation VR, HTC Vive
Download Within (Free)
2. BBC Earth: Life in VR
BBC Worldwide and Google have teamed up to bring fans of the BBC’s natural history programmes an innovative and immersive virtual reality experience inspired by series like Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II.
BBC Earth: Life in VR allows the user to enter a real-time world and witness first hand the creature behaviours and relationships which sustain the ocean’s rich and diverse ecosystems. It moves the user from a passive viewer to an active participant and provides VR-only moments which have never before been experienced by audiences.
Supported platforms: Google Daydream exclusive
Download BBC Earth: Life in VR (Free)
3. InCell VR
Parents need to know that InCell VR (Cardboard) is a virtual reality (VR) game that takes kids on a roller coaster ride into the cells of the human body. It’s mostly a racing game where you tilt your head or your device to earn points and avoid obstacles. While kids might learn the names of key parts of the cell, the stunning visuals and engaging gameplay are the main attractions, and any science content is secondary.
It's the year 2134 in INCELL VR (CARDBOARD), and humans and robots have worked together to develop technology to shrink down to size to battle viruses that attack human cells. Your goal is to travel to the center of the cell -- the nucleus -- as fast as you can while pursued by the dreaded virus. To play the game, you race forward on a long path toward the center of the cell, dodging obstacles and collecting points along the way. The more you play, the more complex the game gets. You can race more effectively by choosing different organelles: Mitochondria produce energy for the cell and help you travel faster, while vesicles transport useful material and let you gather more bonus points along the way.
Supported platforms: Google Cardboard/Daydream, iOS, Samsung Gear VR, Windows, HTC Vive, Oculus
Download InCell VR (Free)
London-based virtual reality (VR) company Horizons Studio has created a 360-degree video for electronic artist Bonobo’s track Outlier, from his latest album Migration.
The video takes the viewer on a flying journey through different surreal landscapes, including over mountain ranges and deep down into oceans, while being accompanied by flocks of birds.
The video for Outlier is now available to watch on Youtube.
Supported platforms: Google Daydream
Download Horizons (Free)
5. Star Chart
Compared to the other apps, Star Chart struggles to stand out, especially considering that its best features are locked behind a paywall. Comets, meteor showers, satellites, and the extended Solar System are all available but for $3.99 each. That said, Star Chart does have some unique characteristics. The 3D Explore mode offers an interesting new way to observe the night sky, and allows the user to filter by object type (Solar System, stars, constellations, and Messier objects). Tapping on a target triggers a pop-up with more information, including the altitude and azimuth updated live. Despite the images being absolutely breathtaking, some of the icons are a bit too small and troublesome to consistently access, and the design can be rather cluttered when zoomed out in certain modes.
Supported platforms: Android (Google Daydream/Google Cardboard), Windows, iOS, macOS, Xbox 360, Oculus
6. VR Media and Movie Apps – Netflix VR / YouTube VR / Hulu VR
If you love watching movies you will certainly appreciate these VR apps which allow you to experience your favorite movies in a virtual environment. There are main popular media streaming services which bring their virtual reality apps to give you the best movie-watching experience. Some of the prominent streaming services which support VR experience include Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, sling TV, Plex VR, and more.
My favorite media streaming VR apps are Netflix VR and YouTube VR as thats where I spent most of my time on. You can find these VR apps by simply searching for them in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Some of these apps also support Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and other VR platforms. Lastly, while these apps are free to download and use, you will need to have a paid account with the service (where it is required) to stream media.
Supported platforms: Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and more.
Price: None of the streaming service charge extra for VR
Check Out The Best VR Apps and Enjoy Your VR Headset
Did any of these aforementioned experiences and immersive apps grab your attention? Have you tried any other VR app that you think should be included on this list? Do let us know in the comments section below. And if, in case, you try out one of the listed experiences, make sure you share which experience you liked the most. In my time testing out these apps, I really liked the Tokyo Light Odyssey and La Fuga videos in the experimental section on Within, you should definitely check those out on your VR headset.
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