How to get apps on your VR headset

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How to get apps on your VR headset

Where to start with VR

You’ve just got yourself a virtual reality headset, and you’re undoubtedly eager to get it out the box and start using it. But just like your smartphone, it needs apps to do anything interesting.

So, this is where you need to start. Depending on which VR headset you’ve bought, your first move will be to get some content…

Cardboard/Goji VR headset

If you’ve got of the lower-priced headsets it’s really easy to get started. If it’s the Cardboard version, you’ll need to build you headset first, following the instructions that come in the pack. Once that’s done, turn on your NFC setting, and head to whichever app store you use on your smartphone.

The NFC setting lets the phone know it’s being used for VR, lining up with the magnet in the headset. The magnet on Goji’s headset, for example, is like an action button, letting you select stuff when you look at them in the VR world.

Download the Google Cardboard app, available on iOS and Android. This will be your base for VR content, with other apps supported inside it.

Check out some of the best apps for Cardboard and Goji here.

Samsung Gear VR

If you’ve opted for the Samsung Gear VR, however, things are a little different. You get your apps while wearing the headset from the Oculus Store. Before you get started, you should download the Oculus app on your smartphone. You’ll be prompted to do this by plugging your smartphone into the headset. Make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi though, as it’s a pretty hefty app.

When it’s installed, plug your Samsung Galaxy smartphone back into the headset, and you’ll be taken to the home menu (pictured above). Here you’ll be able to download whatever you want by looking at it, and tapping the touchpad on the right hand side of the headset.

Check out some of the best apps for Samsung Gear VR here.

Google Daydream View VR

To get apps on your Daydream View, all you have to is strap the headset on, and continue straight to the main menu. Like using the Gear VR, you’ll be faced with a home menu in a virtual room, where you can download different apps, movies, and experiences.

They’ll all be saved onto the Daydream-ready phone you’re using with the headset. Check out some of the best Daydream View apps here.

If you’ve got any questions about getting set up with VR, drop us a comment below.

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