Let me tell you a quick story about how I got started in Virtual Reality development. Like many people (perhaps like you), I was ecstatic when I first learned about the Oculus Rift Dev Kit. I missed the Kickstarter, but the second I could order one, I entered my credit card number... then sat waiting impatiently for the UPS driver to deliver the future to my front door.
When my Rift finally arrived, I ran through the setup and launched a demo. You may have seen the Tuscany demo... by today's standards it's pretty bland, but when I first saw it I couldn't hold back the glee. Within 15 minutes, I was loading up Unity and trying to see what I could do.
But I quickly FAILED! Going into VR development with no plan led me to create a couple bad experiments I could show friends, but there wasn't anything that stuck or grabbed anybody's attention. Instead of people being impressed by what I'd built, they mostly talked about pixelation and other stuff far out of my control. Because of this, I almost gave up VR development permanently.
Over the next year and a half, I ordered the DK2, played around a bit more, and really accomplished nothing...
In January of 2016 I was deathly sick... but... I had a ticket to the Vision Summit. o I'd considered staying home, but I really wanted to try out the hololens. I arrived, sneezing, coughing, bright red and half dead.. When I got there though, I was greeted by some friends who told me that Gabe Newell had just given out a free HTC Vive to every attendee. I'd never tried the Vive, but assumed it was just like the Rift DK2 I already had...
A few weeks later the Vive arrived in a HUGE box... I set it up and was completely blown away. I couldn't believe what I was experiencing!
I started out by trying every demo that came with it, then quickly jumped over to Unity to experiment and see what I could do. That same day, I started building my first Vive tutorial.. I'd built a Baseball tutorial for the GearVR and it seemed like a natural way to go. This would be similar, but the players could actually swing the bat! I spent the weekend coding, writing, testing, and coding, writing and testing some more...
My wife, who never plays video games couldn't get enough of this simple tutorial game I was building. Normally, I can't convince her to play anything newer than Super Mario Brothers... but now she couldn't stop hitting Virtual Baseballs... This is when I realized I didn't just have a demo, I had the start of an actual game.
This 'game' had only been developed for about 10 hours and was already fun.. I knew then that I needed to turn this tutorial into something real, get it done, and publish it before the Vive launched to the public. I spent another 10 hours fine tuning the physics, adding fireworks, implementing leader-boards, shooting trailers, and building an actual game..
While I was building this, I really had no idea what to expect. I didn't know if this game was going to be fun enough to everyone else... maybe my wife was just pretending to enjoy herself? Maybe I'd put it up and be laughed out of the store? To say the least, I was nervous as hell, but I was having fun and I was going to FINISH!
I spent my nights for the next couple weeks digging in, integrating Steam SDKs, leaderboards, achievements, and tuning things for performance. - After I got it to a point where it worked, was playable, and kinda fun, I submitted it!
After a little back and forth with Steam, learning how to setup the store page, my game was approved!
I really wasn't sure if anyone was going to buy my little VR game... but on release day I saw the sales start pouring in. A couple days later, I saw clips of my game being covered on news shows... And sales kept coming in...
The HTC Vive has a huge following and the backing of Steam... the largest PC gaming platform in the world
Facebook bought Oculus for Billions because they recognize the market for VR is going to be enormous
The controls are amazing and changing every day. You'll need to know how to deal with all of them.
We're still early in VR, and there's not a lot of competition. Just like in the early days of mobile, it's a goldmine ready for you to jump in. Figuring out how to get started was definitely the hardest part... and I wish I'd had some guidance from the beginning.
Because of that, I've decided to help new developers get started and get their first game shipped. I've written a bunch of blog posts covering some of the parts, but now I'm making it easy!
Over the last year, I've had dozens of people ask me how I got started, what worked, what they should do...
I've given lots of advice, helped a few people start up and release their own games. But the number of request is so large that I can't keep up. So to make sure everyone has the same opportunity for success that I've had I decided to put what I've learned down on paper and share it with others who love VR and want to make it big in this new market.
To get you started quick, I've setup a quick guide to take you from nothing to playable mini-games you can show off, build upon, and use to change your life.
I'll run you through all the basics, teach you how to build your first VR game and your second! You'll get the tools to start going and do it FAST! By next week, you'll be showing off you're inner superstar and on your way to being a successful game developer!
You can wait until the VR goldmine ends... or Grab it today and get started right away and avoid missing out!
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With 20 years in the video game industry, Jason's worked on just about everything. Ranging from early mobile titles to full fledged giant MMOs, his experience architecting games has taught him how to get moving fast and do things right from the start.
As an early VR pro, he's released 5 full VR games for the HTC Vive & Rift, as well as dozens of mini-games. He also loves teaching others how to develop and be successful with their Unity endeavors.
Normally... if someone asked me this, I'd say 'probably not'. But there's nothing normal about VR right now. The scope of the games being built isn't enormous, you're not competing with Halo 5 or Call of Duty Ultra Super Mega 17. You can definitely build something fun on a very short timeline, and with the guidance provided here, you'll have a great jump start.
This part of the sales page can be a lot longer than it is in this template. There may be many objections that come up and you can address them all. If you dedicate a separate text block or a sub-heading to each one, your visitors can easily find the ones they have on their minds and skip the rest.
If you're brand new to Unity, or only played around a little, building something fun is the best way to get going. Nobody learns from reading documentation! Watching a bunch of videos could work, but turning that into something you can play, share, and grow from isn't easy, and getting started should be easy!
At the end of the week, you'll have your first project done. If you get lost or have problems, the entire project is always available for you to reference and learn from. And don't forget, you'll be starting with a solid foundation of a well architected solution you can base all future learning on.
In some ways, your experience translates over great and will give you a big advantage. But there are some big differences. Just to start, the types of things a mobile game needs optimized are drastically different. You're not running on a little ARM cpu, this is all high end desktop stuff. Your target video cards are also powerful, but you need to know where the bottlenecks are.
On top of all that you've got Input, Audio, Particles, and a 90FPS target to stay above at all times. So having some mobile experience is great, and this course will help you translate that into high quality VR gaming.
This was a big question I had when I first started. Much to my surprise though, the answer was a big fat YES! Once you know how to get started, building a full game and selling it is the next natural step. And if you know anything about VR, you probably know that there's demand for all kinda of things that don't exist yet. The opportunities are huge, but they wont last forever. If you want to make a game and sell it, now is the time to get started!
There are of course other ways to learn VR development. Myself and others offer personal one on one or group training for $250/hour. You can dig through video tutorial sites and maybe find something that's not terrible. Or you can just go it your own and try to figure it all out alone.. The alternatives aren't great though, which is exactly why I wrote the guide.
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You are fully protected by a 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you don't get it, decide VR is not for you, or just change your mind, just let me know and we'll send you a prompt no questions refund.