This my list of virtual reality apps that run iOS on iPhones. These apps are suitable for smartphone virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard or the KMart Virtual Reality Headset I reviewed a few weeks back.
This list is by no means complete but contains the ones that I’ve used and found to be useful. As I don’t have a gamepad controller for my iPhone, I haven’t included any that require a controller to operate. Some do make use of the the magnet, but I’ve never found it to be that reliable.
Note: some of these links are affiliate links and provide me a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only link to apps that I use and like.
Mobile VR Station
This app allows you to play videos using your virtual reality headset. It’ll play ordinary 2D videos in split screen side by side, but the real beauty of the app comes when you watch videos that have been recorded for 3D virtual reality. It will project these specially recorded videos in half or full 360 degree domes, so you can immersively look around.
It’ll play videos via uPNP from media servers on your network. There are a few issues though. For instance, it will only support the video formats supported by iOS. This meant for iOS8 up to 1920×1080 resolution. This means that for some videos published on the web you’ll need to convert them before they’ll be playable. Still definitely worth the price. Get it here.
Roller Coaster VR
This is a 3D graphical demo of a roller coaster ride around a tropical jungle island. Look at the lever to your right hand side to get it started. It really is quite an impressive experience! Get it here.
Here’s another 3D roller coaster demo, this one made by the company behind Durovis Dive, intended to demonstrate their headset. It’ll work with any type of VR smartphone headset though, so it’s still worth a look. Interestingly I did find there was a bit of gyroscope drift with this one. Still very impressive. Get it here.