Here's why you want to use React VR

Written by Varun Vachhar

Here's why you want to use React VR

Virtual reality is exploding. Brands now have increasing options to create virtual reality experiences for customers, one of which is React VR. React VR’s value proposition is very similar to why people use React Native, and it shares many of the same benefits.

One benefit of React is that it allows web developers to leverage their knowledge and experience and apply it to a new context. React Native has allowed web developers to build Native apps. Now with React VR, us web developers have yet another platform we can target.

This gives a lot of flexibility to companies. They can use their existing teams to target VR instead of having to spin up a new team or on-boarding new employees. Plus, React is an extremely popular framework. It would be even easier for products built with React to integrate with React VR.

Working with React VR

It’s easy to get started with React VR. Here’s why:

  • Based in Javascript, React VR uses the same framework as React, making it simple to add to existing web applications
  • There is no need to hire new programmers. Those who are already familiar with React or React Native can quickly learn how to incorporate React VR, if they don’t already know
  • Supports iOS and Android operating systems
  • Introduces VR features such as the ability to add 3D scenes and 360 degree panoramas in UIs while also leveraging APIs such as WebGL and WebVR, creating immersive experiences that can be accessed via a headset
  • It’s open source, allowing the entire development community to build/leverage innovative components that can be used to enhance your user experience
  • Allows you to rapidly test and explore VR ideas and prototypes

How React VR, React and React Native work together

According to Facebook, React was originally intended to “simplify development for the web.” It has since grown to include React Native and React VR, but both maintain the goal of simplicity. The React ecosystem is now as follows:

  1. React - This is the original library targeting browser-based web applications
  2. React Native - Builds on top of React and targets developing native apps for iOS and Android via native components
  3. React VR - A new library that builds further on React Native and enables the development of user interfaces in VR

React VR can operate almost as a layer that can be embedded into existing applications through an <iframe> tag. This ecosystem removes many of the barriers to access that companies face when they decide to experiment with VR solutions.

React VR and Rangle

Many of our clients already have the framework in place to get started with React VR. Even if you don’t, with Rangle’s expertise in React and React Native, we can get your React VR app (or proof of concept) off the ground in no time.

If you have any questions about VR or what to discuss the possibility of working together on a project, don’t hesitate to contact us today.