Virtual reality and augmented reality are popular concepts that excite many technical professionals with the array of creative possibilities they present.
Virtual reality and augmented reality are rapidly evolving and diversifying fields. Next year, they are expected to grow into a $120bn business. Want to ride the wave and develop a virtual reality (VR) product? Your first step should be to engage a VR developer to help guide the process.
Here are 5 things that you should know before starting to look for a VR developer!
- Can you show a sample of a concept app?
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality can’t be described in words. They are better shown in concepts. Don’t be swayed with sweet talks and promises. Ask for a proof or a sample concept app.
You can ask your VR candidates to give you a simple concept app to show you what he can do. Showing you their portfolio is fine but a sample concept app can help you gauge the skills more accurately.
- Can you define your own VR process?
Developing a virtual reality app is a step by step process. Ask your VR candidate how they make their app.
This means what is his/her approach to training, can they adopt, and understand analytics. It also includes the know-how and the best practices and methodology.
A good VR candidate must be able to define his own process and methodology without violating the industry’s standard.
- What are your relevant experiences?
Each virtual reality and augmented reality games are different from one another. If you have a concept in mind, make sure that your VR candidate is familiar with that specific concept. Has he worked with a similar program before?
Even the best VR developer might find it hard to come up with an idea if you will present him a new concept. If it is something that he has done before, he might be able to give additional input based on his experience.
In the end, skills and experience can help your VR developer deliver a ‘game-changer’ app based on your concept.
- What do you focus on the most, tool or product?
This 4th question can be a tiebreaker. There are AR and VR developers that focus on their device and tool more than on the content. One downside of this is the availability of the app in the future. Would it be available for other devices or just on a particular device?
A device or tool is also known as a platform for AR and VR developers. Platforms include gaming consoles, PCs, and smartphones.
It would be best to go for a VR developer that considers the content of your app first. Once the content is perfected, then the developer can work on making it available on all platforms.
- Do you offer post-launch support?
What is the extension of your support? An app needs continued support from its developer. Even if it starts working, there can be bugs that need to be fixed from time to time. It is best then to choose a developer that can offer support even after the app has been launched.
There are a lot of VR and AR developers that promise a lot. Choose the best one that will suit your preference and will help you turn your concept into reality.