How much does VR application development cost?

How much does VR application development cost?

VR applications have become a real successor in many industries from gaming to healthcare. After all, by immersing customers or employees, businesses and organizations have an opportunity to interact with them much more cost-effectively. Why are VR trainings  so reasonable? How much does it cost to develop a VR application? Find out this and much more in our article.

By the way, you can also check our previous blog if you want to know about AR project types and costs.

Why do VR apps rock?

Powerful visualization

VR is a great tool for physical product visualization. It enables users to see products in 3D, interact with them, rotate from all sides and literally “feel” objects. Also it is possible to share the experience with other users no matter how far they are. 

Virtual Reality apps can be applied quite well in the tourism industry. VR provides you with an opportunity to show your client how great is the hotel or resort you offer. Let the customer see the exotic islands just by sitting in your downtown office. Besides, you can use this technology for virtual tours of museums or galleries, as well as in regular retail stores. We are convinced that this experience will be remembered by your customers.

 

More effective training

VR training is a very powerful tool for educating students and employees within the organization. According to recent studies, medical students who were given VR training completed it 20% faster and completed 38% more steps correctly than those in the traditionally trained group (Western Orthopedic Association). Its main advantage is the ability to immerse in learning situations without any threads for trainees.

 

Deep immersion

This feature is inherent and works for all industries, but in this context is most suitable for the gaming industry. After all, VR technology can fundamentally change the gaming experience, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the plot. Besides, by using controllers users can feel like a real hero of the game, fight with a physical sword or, for example, hit the ball with a real baseball bat on a virtual baseball field.

Which industries need VR applications

Virtual reality technology can make any business more efficient. We have identified a few areas that simply need to implement VR in their work, study, or sales process.

  • Games
  • Healthcare
  • Tourism
  • Real estate
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Architecture
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Design, etc

If you have ideas that involve virtual, augmented, mixed reality, or 3D modeling, please contact us. Our experts will be happy to discuss them with you.

How much does it cost to develop a VR application?

The cost of application development depends on a huge number of factors. You, as a customer, must have not only a general idea but also answers to the following questions:

  • What is the main goal of the project?
  • What are the key features?
  • Define your design preferences.
  • How do you see the user experience?

 Also you have to decide a target VR device for your application. 

The incredible variety of VR headsets allow you to choose the best one for any need. Our team creates applications for Oculus Quest/Quest 2, Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, HTC Vive, Pico VR, Microsoft HoloLens/HoloLens 2. Contact us to find out more.

VR development estimation

The general development time can vary from 4 to 20 weeks. It can take even a year if the app functionality and 3D models are very complex. Let’s look at all the types of VR applications we can develop for your business.

Architectural Visualization App

Businesses in this area can take advantage of VR apps by an architectural visualization or 360 walkthroughs. These solutions provide a delightful experience to increase customer engagement.

Costs depend on two main factors: property size and level of detailing. e.g. To visualize a six-room apartment will take from 6 weeks.

360 Virtual Tour

With VR tours the potential buyers can explore how the building looks or will look like in the future. It helps better understand or visualize their dream house. Besides, 360 Virtual Tours provide an opportunity to create unique experiences for visitors of museums, galleries and other art institutions.

360 virtual tours can be done from 6 weeks.

VR training simulators

Thanks to the immersion such apps boost training retention and performance. These solutions help to make training cost-effective and, moreover, educate people in a safe environment. VR Trainings are widely used in healthcare, construction, energy, military, aviation, automotive, etc.

Let’s take a medical VR training simulator for surgeons as an example. As the main task of any training simulator is to create hyper-realistic 3D models, the design of several human organs takes more than 4 weeks. App development can take from one week up to several months, depending on the complexity of the project.

VR Learning Management System (LMS)

LMS collects performance data that helps trainees to understand their strengths and weaknesses, and exposes them to situations they can use to develop skills quicker and digest information easier. Moreover,  VR Learning Management System helps you to get all student’s data in one place. In this system organizations can store all essential knowledge and training materials, simulate different scenarios, aggregate results and automate learning process.

The development includes cloud and back-end infrastructure setup along with CMS and databases for roles and user management. The development timeline starts from 8 weeks

VR Simulation Lab

Such solutions substitute standard simulation labs. One of their biggest advantages is that VR Sim labs don’t need large spaces and expensive equipment to hold numerous training experiences. With VR Sim Lab all training is held in a realistic virtual environment and trainees are provided with as many scenarios as needed. Furthermore, with multiplayer functionality trainees can execute complex procedures together in the same place. 

The development timeline starts from 7 weeks.

Approximate costs for development will be as follows:

  • Architectural Visualization — starting from $3 500
  • VR Training Simulators — starting from $4 900
  • VR Learning Management System (LMS) – starting from $10 000
  • VR Simulation Lab – starting from $12 000
  • 360 Virtual Tour – starting from $3 500

What are your next steps?

If you are looking for a brand-new and cost-effective solution for your business, contact us here

SmartTek team will determine the right combination of technologies for your project as well as provide you with various services including VR app design, development, and 3D modeling.

Want to get a quote for your project – just contact us here.