The future is here! While virtual reality once seemed a distant dream, it’s now easier than ever before to enter the artificial world with the help of your smartphone. Recent devices such as the iPhone 7 and Samsung S7 come equipped with all the specs you need to run VR apps – all you need to do is invest in a VR headset. You don’t have to spend a bomb on the likes of an Oculus Rift, either; get yourself a Google Cardboard headset and step into the virtual world for less. Here’s our pick of the best virtual reality apps for your smartphone, from exploring the world to shooting zombies.
A must-have for anyone with a Google Cardboard headset, the official app acts as a fantastic introduction to the world of VR. Take a trip around the world with Google Earth or head to the Arctic to watch the northern lights, all from the comfort of your own home. It also lists other Cardboard-compatible apps that are currently available with new ones added every week.
Another essential VR app is one you’ve probably already got on your phone. YouTube has embraced 360-degree videos with open arms, so there’s already a huge catalogue of videos to enjoy, like this one of Gorillas in the Congo. With your VR headset, you can look around as if you were really there and enjoy the immersive world of virtual reality with new videos continuously added.
Roller Coaster VR
Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, you can experience the thrill of rollercoasters through this VR app. Set on a tropical island, Roller Coaster VR will take you on a journey through glorious greenery at warp speed while making your pulse race – definitely not one for the faint-hearted.
If you’ve ever dreamed of being shrunk down small enough to explore the human body, then InCell VR makes that dream come true. A racing game with a difference, you have to protect human cells from a virus by dodging and collecting objects. Fun and educational, a rare combination, InCell VR is jaw-dropping to look at with colourful graphics and exciting gameplay.
Virtual reality is about more than gaming, as NYT VR proves. The New York Times put you at the centre of the stories that matter by immersing you in the action. The app features a variety of VR videos created by journalists, from exploring the far-away plains of Pluto to travelling with Iraqi forces.