Pushing the boundaries of realism

Looking for an immersive virtual reality experience? These seven apps and a game would be a good starting point

Once considered the stuff of high fiction, virtual reality (VR)—the ability to be inside a different world altogether by simply putting on a pair of special glasses—has now become increasingly mainstream. The Google Cardboard project has basically spun off an entire ecosystem of similar VR devices that don’t cost a lot of money—for example, the AuraVR Virtual Reality Plastic Headset costs 650 and the DOMO nHance VRC1 Magnet Switch costs 290, on www.amazon.in. All you have to do is place your phone (any Android phone or iPhone with a 5-6-inch display generally will do) in these virtual reality headsets to get immersed in a digital world where the view changes depending on how you move your head. Thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of these devices, the app ecosystem is becoming robust too.

If you want a good VR experience, we would recommend starting out with these apps and a game—all free.

Google Cardboard

iOS, Android

Orbulus

iOS, Android

Orbulus is a set of images taken for a VR experience. What makes the app special is the fact that it allows you to navigate by simply moving your head—you can zoom into an image by moving your ear to the right, zoom out by moving your ear to the left, and exit by simply looking down. There are dozens of very high-quality images to choose from, allowing you to view the fireworks over Hong Kong harbour and even the surface of the planet Mars.

Stereogram For Cardboard 2.0

Android

Seene

iOS, Android

Titans Of Space

Android

Lost In The Kismet

Android

War Of Words VR

iOS, Android

Roller Coaster VR

iOS, Android

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