How much does VR application development cost?

Are you thinking about how quickly and effectively introduce VR in your business or project?

Today, thanks to new technologies, virtual reality can be easily integrated into your business. The particularly active virtual reality is used in teaching, medicine, architecture, military, as well as in the gaming industry.
Are you thinking you do not need it? Or your business can not use it? You're wrong! Today more than 35 millions virtual reality glasses are sold in the world.

I want to add a little gasoline to the fire. Recently, Oculus has reduced the price of Oculus Touch to $400, HTC and Samsung will take the similar action soon [I hope :)].

Let`s see how much money people spend for VR application development and what affects the price.

Which glasses of virtual reality do you need to choose?

VR Glasses

To find out the price of your project, you need to decide which devices are best for your business or idea.

VR applications are built for different devices and these are required for proper development. Unity3D developers have the most popular VR and AR headsets [detailed here] which are now available on the market at their disposal including:

  • Oculus Rift DK1 and DK2;
  • Samsung Gear VR;
  • HTC Vive;
  • OSVR;
  • PS VR;
  • Google Daydream.

I’m interested to know, Which device shows the best picture [in your opinion]? What do you think? Please describe your experience in comments!

Specification - why it’s important?

Every development process should start with detailed project documentation. This is the guarantee a VR application will exactly meet the requirements of a customer. A lot of digital agencies are helping their clients to create qualitative specifications.
It should includes all the important information about a project. Start with functional specifications, the main idea of the VR app development, and its key features. Do not hide an information from developers. Ask to sign the NDA, it’s easy.
If you can include some photos, screenshots or hand sketches to illustrate the characteristics of your app – do it. It will save your time and nerves.

Estimation of VR applications

The digital agency will probably let you choose between two pricing methods: fixed price, and time and material. Both of them have advantages and disadvantages, so make sure you choose the one that suits your particular case most:
Fixed price is preferred when you have a limited budget and strict deadlines. For a successful VR app development with fixed price, you have to provide detailed project documentation.
If you have flexibility and the budget, it’s better to choose the time and material pricing method. A customer will be able to modify a project during a VR project development process, add some new features or change the existing ones.

VR app cost

Communication between the client and the digital agency is very important, for quick decision making within the project. It affects a speed and a quality of your project, especially if you develop a cool application for virtual reality. Are you agree with me?

Note, each change in the process of development can result in some extra hours or even days of coding, which will be paid in accordance with the current rates of the company. Usually, agencies give you an estimate in a week, if you have good specifications.

Don’t know how to choose a reliable software development company, so read an our article - 5 criteria for choosing an agency.

Rates for VR applications development in the world

Rates for VR app development differ according to a country of residence of an digital agency you’re working with. In the US and Canada, you’ll be charged between $60-$240 per hour, in Western Europe $40-$180 per hour, in Eastern Europe $25-$70 per hour, and in India $5-$50 per hour.

Returning back to the chart of the applications, for a team out of Eastern Europe, approximate costs for their development will be as follows:

  • Simplest game for VR/AR – $3,000 – $10,000;
  • Online store in virtual or augmented reality – $15,000 – $30,000;
  • Arcade VR game – $10,000 – $60,000;
  • VR shooter – $50,000 – $100,000.


Steam VR, Oculus, Vive

In order to get the price of your project, you need the specification. Try to do this as detailed as possible. Describe how should look and perform even the smallest features or rules. And I'm not kidding. Send a request to several companies, compare not only their prices but also how comfortable you will work with them [quality of communication, response speed, etc.]. I hope this was helpful to you! Share with friends and colleagues.

Read our article: How to develop VR application?

  • Date: 17/07/2017;
  • Autor: Danny Kaibulaiev;

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