September 28, 2016

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If you’ve ever wanted to get started in VR development but were unsure where to start, Google and Udacity have teamed up to show you the way.

The two companies today announced a new Virtual Reality Developer Nanodegree program to help budding developers kick start their education in the world of VR.

According to Google and Udacity, the Nanodegree focuses on:

  • Mobile phone-based VR and Desktop VR
  • Game engines
  • VR design and user interaction
  • 360 media including immersive imagery, 360 video and spatial sound
  • Performance and ergonomics
  • VR platforms, including HTC Vive, Google Cardboard (Android + iOS), Daydream and Oculus Rift

VR as a platform is experiencing serious growth this year with many new headsets such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift hitting the scene, as well as Google’s own Daydream VR. There is no better time to start developing VR apps and Google aim to assist educating those interested. This also helps makes sure there is rich immersive content available when Daydream VR when it is released.

The Google VR SDK is already available so can be complimented by the Nanodegree for developers who wish to get into VR development.

Google’s conference for the launch of its Pixel devices is set for October 4th so no doubt we’ll expect to see some VR related news alongside this.

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