Okay, so I’m a developer. What do I need to know to get started in VR? The VR space is growing at a tremendous pace right now. How much?
According to the job listing site Indeed,
Since 2014, both AR/VR (augmented-reality, virtual-reality) gaming jobs and searches for positions with that expertise have seen dramatic growth. AR/VR jobs have experienced over 400% growth, while searches for AR/VR gaming jobs experience over 1,500% growth.
Whether you are new to programming, a seasoned vet, or somewhere in between, VR development is definitely worth a look. VR application goes beyond games as well. If you are looking for a career pivot I think VR (and AR) is a perfect fit. Not into games? There are so many commercial and industrial processes that are begging for a better solution to common problems.
Since we’re developers here, let’s get to the specs. The hard truth is you are going to need some decent hardware just to get started. You’ll need a VR-ready PC. To get an idea of what you’ll need you can check out the recommended specs from Oculus and HTC. Both also have great compatibility tools that will check your PC for you.
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For assets, both engines have excellent asset stores that offer some great free options as well as more high end game-ready assets. To make your own, Google offers Blocks, a really easy modeling platform where you can design your own assets from within your VR headset! Check out Maya and Blender as well for more comprehensive modeling and asset development.
As I said before, the VR space is exploding. Check out some of these other resources and go create!