The times of augmented and virtual reality! Watching Back to the future I always felt that future is going to be about flying cars and bodysuits. But it looks like that the future will be about virtual reality and how it changes human life. Everyone today knows what is a VR box (a virtual reality box). We have so many of them. Oculus Rift, HTC VR, Playstation VR are just to name a few but the one that beats them all is Google Cardboard.
With the arrival of Cardboard & Daydream, we have a lot on our plate. The reason Cardboard is more successful than any other VR box is that it’s cheap and supports a hell lot of apps. If you don’t have a VR headset yet you can buy it from Amazon for a pennyworth. Here is the link! Ok, so now that you have the VR I have made a list of best VR box apps for both Android and iOS that are versatile in their genre and offer humongous entertainment.
Best CardBoard Apps For Your VR Box You Must Try
1. Google Cardboard
This is the official app for your Google Cardboard VR box. Google Cardboard helps you launch your favorite VR experiences, discover new apps and set up a viewer. It offers a set of demos that showcase the power of virtual reality apps. Top Demos are:
- Earth: Fly wherever your fancy takes you on Google Earth.
- Tour Guide: Visit Versailles, France in 3D with a local guide.
- My Videos: Watch your videos on the VR box.
- Photo Sphere: Look At the photo spheres that you’ve captured.
- Arctic Journey: This is the latest demo added in Cardboard. It lets you fly beside Arctic turfs, create your own flower garden or relax under the northern lights.
2. Street View
Through this VR app, you can explore the world in 360°. Google Street view lets you browse the awesome content that trusted local guides and photographers upload. This content includes world landmarks, natural wonders, museums, arenas, restaurants, small businesses and what not. You can also add your own street view to let the whole world see.
Capture 360° pictures using your phone camera or attach a trusted street view camera to your phone. Then you can pin that picture on the world map. The new “Video Mode” feature lets you connect a Ricoh Theta V camera and create Street view as you walk, cycle or drive. This new addition is only accessible to level 6+ local guides and Street View Trusted Photographers.
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3. Cardboard Camera
Don’t confuse google cardboard with cardboard camera. These are two completely different VR apps although both are offered by Google itself. Cardboard camera mainly focuses on virtual reality(VR) photos. By VR photos I mean 360° photos that let you experience scenery and sound(yes, you can also record sound in your image) of all the directions in 3D. You can also share the images that cardboard camera creates. It will generate a link to your image that you can share via email or any other social media.
Another awesome free VR app offered by Google. Expeditions is a virtual-reality teaching tool that allows you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world. This VR box app is built for a small group of people or a classroom where the teacher acts as a “guide” to guide the group of “explorers” through various 360° and 3D images and pointing out interesting sights along the way. You can start your expedition for a historical landmark, underwater adventure with sharks and even outer space.
5. Fulldive VR
Fulldive is a user-generated virtual reality content and navigation platform. It is also a social platform that lets you follow your friends, what are they watching, commenting, reacting on. It is considered to be one of the best application among all the VR box apps. You can also share your own reacted videos.
This free VR app is highly versatile. You can watch 360° and 3D photos and videos, or browse internet through your VR box. Fulldive claims they have more than 1 million videos and more than 500 VR games in their VR market. The app supports all the major VR box. Other key features are that you can stream all the Youtube videos (including 3D and 360°)on VR, or other apps that it supports- you might even be able to access other apps that stream free movies, access the app’s VR camera to click pictures, search for new and updated content on VR market.
6. Zombie Shooter VR
Although I believe that the zombie apocalypse story is overused in video games but still it feels pretty cool on a VR box. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world full of blood-thirsty zombies who are waiting to make you one of their own. Pick your favorite piece of weapon, explore the deserted subway tunnels and kill those grotesque creatures.
The game requires a VR box and supports mostly all the VR’s present in the market. With more than a million downloads and good ratings, this VR box app deserves a trial. The setup sizes around 195mb and it lets you play the whole game but for a limited period of time. After that, you can either buy the game or use some purchase code to save your money.
7. Youtube VR
Even if you lived under a rock, you would know about Youtube. You might also know about Youtube Red but I think this one will be new to you – Youtube VR. Through this VR app, you can watch every Youtube channel, video, and creator in virtual reality. It turns every video present on Youtube into a virtual reality experience and showcases Youtube as a 3D world that you can explore from the inside.
The application has a theatre mode which converts a standard video into a virtual video that you can project on a theatre big screen.
8. Google Arts & Culture
As the name itself explains, this VR app is for the love of arts and the diverse culture that our green ball planet possesses. The app lets you visit places and learn about the events that shaped our world in virtual reality. Meet new people on the app and explore the collections curated by experts from the most famous museums.
It has thousands of photos, videos, artworks in its database and lets you create your own collection which you can share with your friends or showcase it to the world. Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with over 1,200 international museums, galleries and institutions from 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online.
A VR horror story I think a horror VR game deserves to be in a list of top VR box apps and what better than Sisters. The easy pickup and play controls, immersive 3D visuals and sound and a spooky storyline will give you the shivers when you experience this game at 360°. This cardboard app designed specifically for mobile VR that makes you feel like you’re really there. It offers Binaural and directional audio and an environment that knows and responds to what you are looking at.
10. Discovery VR
If you love discovery channel and the content they show on their channel then this application is a treat for you. Experience all that stuff in virtual reality. Discovery Communications has added some mind-blowing videos and photos in this app and they update it regularly.
The app has exclusive 3D content from your favorite shows – like Shark Week, Deadliest Catch and MythBusters. Get some adrenaline rush by watching adventures sports like mountain biking, surfing, etc. From the samurai sword fights in Japan to the majestic creatures of Amazon, explore the world in 3D.
11. Within VR
This free VR app has an awesome collection of videos that takes virtual reality to the whole new level of enjoyment. Find some stunning stories, documentaries, popular shows extra content, download it from the app and watch it on your VR box. You can also view the videos without the viewer, in which the app converts the video into a magic 360° space that shows all the edges when you move the phone.
The app also provides innovative, entertaining, and informative content from partners like Apple, The New York Times, NBC, Vice Media, the United Nations, Annapurna Pictures, and much more.
Virtual Reality is still a new concept but it promises to offer a lot in the near future. The applications & its technology is still evolving and there are other cool VR apps being developed as you read. I hope you liked this list of VR box apps, tell us about other cool applications so it can be added to this list.