Software Packages

VR Development

Check if your machine is capable for VR using this free test: https://store.steampowered.com/app/323910/SteamVR_Performance_Test/

Unity

Target Platforms: HTC Vive for Steam (Windows), Android Mobile, iOS Mobile

Description: Unity is a cross-platform game engine used to create both three-dimensional and two-dimensional experiences as well as simulations. Unity uses a flexible modular component based workflow that is easy to understand and that can be extended through C# Scripting. Development is supported by content available through their Unity Store.

Best Use-case: VR experience design and development

Category

Rating

Ease of learning

★☆☆☆☆

Flexibility

★★★★☆

Recommended Knowledge

Basic C# Scripting Knowledge

Cost

Free*

Free Trial

N/A

Unity is completely free as long as your revenue or funding raised with the project does not exceed $100,000 per year. Refer to https://unity3d.com/unity for further details.

Unreal Engine

Target Platforms: HTC Vive for Steam (Windows), Android Mobile, iOS Mobile

Description: Unreal Engine is a game engine used to create both three-dimensional and two-dimensional experiences as well as simulations. Unreal Engine features advanced materials and out-of-the-box more visually refined. It also has a familiar visual-scipting interface which can be extended via C++ Scripting.

Best Use-case: VR experience design and development

Category

Rating

Ease of Learning

★★★☆☆

Flexibility

★★☆☆☆

Cost

Free*

Free Trial

N/A

Unreal Engine is completely free as long as projects do not earn more than $3000 per yearly quarter. Otherwise a small royalty fee is paid to the software company.

River Fox by Inspace XR

Platform: PC

Description: River Fox by Inspace XR is a virtual reality stand-alone application that allows a user to import any FBX file (the software also works with direct .3dm or revit file imports, but not always well).

River Fox by Inspace XR may have issues rendering high-poly models well. Please test that you are able to view your models satisfactorily before presenting your work.

Best Use-case: Basic Virtual Reality visualisation of Rhino Designs.

Category

Rating

Ease of learning

★★★★☆

Flexibility

★★★☆☆

Masterpiece VR

Platform: SteamVR (PC)

Description: MasterpieceVR is a sculpting and painting tool (can be used collaboratively) that allows users to easily create 3D content in virtual reality. Files generated are usually ready to be 3D printed without additional work.

Best Use-case: 3D 'clay' sculpting in virtual reality.

Category

Rating

Ease of learning

★★★★☆

Flexibility

★★★★☆

Cost

A$ 42.95

Free Trial

2 hour return policy

GravitySketch

Platform: SteamVR (PC)

Description: VR designing application that mostly works by generating and manipulating surfaces that are swept/stretched by moving the controllers in your hands. Files generated usually require a significant amount of effort in a program like Meshmixer to prepare for 3D printing.

Best Use-case: Fast 'sketching' of ideas in virtual reality.

Category

Rating

Ease of Learning

★★★☆☆

Flexibility

★★☆☆☆

Cost

A$ 42.95

Free Trial

2 hour return policy

Tiltbrush

Platform: SteamVR (PC)

Description: Tiltbrush is a 3D painting tool that allows users to easily create 3D scenes/objects in virtual reality. Tiltbrush works by 'painting' with a brush in a 3D canvas. Brush strokes remain seperate brush strokes and no actual solid object gets created in the app. Therefore files generated are not really suitable to 3D printing.

Best Use-case: Creating a 3D painting.

Category

Rating

Ease of Learning

★★★★☆

Flexibility

★★☆☆☆

Cost

A$ 28.95

Free Trial

2 hour return policy

Experiences

The Lab

Platform: SteamVR (PC)

Description: Collection of great demos of different virtual reality experiences.

Category

Rating

Ease of Learning

★★★★☆

Flexibility

★★★★★

Cost

Free

Gorn

Platform: SteamVR (PC)

Description: Warning: Plenty of cartoon blood and gore. Fun stress releasing game where you are a gladiator having to fight other gladiators in an arena.

Category

Rating

Ease of Learning

★★★★☆

Flexibility

★★☆☆☆

Cost

A$ 28.95

Free Trial

2 hour return policy

Beatsaber

Platform: SteamVR (PC)

Description: Combines 'drumming' and lightsabers in a fast-paced rhythm experience.

Category

Rating

Ease of Learning

★★★★★

Flexibility

★★☆☆☆

Cost

A$ 28.95

Free Trial

2 hour return policy

Rec Room VR

Platform: SteamVR (PC)

Description: Variety of single-player, online multiplayer games such as Paintball, Laser Tag, Battle Royale and many more types of game experiences.

Category

Rating

Ease of Learning

★★★★☆

Flexibility

★★★★☆

Cost

Free