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A good virtual reality developer has to possess a certain set skills. Entrepreneurs & businesses seeking to hire a VR developer should find a combination of a) software programming, b) 3D design skills, c) video/sound production skills, d) game development, e) UI/UX. In other words, just being able to create 3D environments is not enough. VR developer often has to come up with brand new ideas.

How much does it cost
to hire a Virtual Reality developer

With release and adoption of latest VR headsets Virtual Reality’s potential in entertainment, science and other areas has been finally uncovered. The labor behind hundreds of emerging projects falls on shoulders of VR developers - a new breed of high demand programmers. How to hire a VR developer is a teaser that hasn’t been fully solved yet, though let’s try to lift a curtain.

Types of VR apps

Virtual Reality apps grant extensive opportunities in any kind of industry there is. ThinkMobiles VR development team has already created apps for the following purposes:

               Education & Training

Virtual Reality training programs are changing the approach to educational process. Students can explore complex objects, like a human body in anatomy class.

               Retail & eCommerce

Merchants are eager to engage customers in any possible way, and VR is a brand new and popular tool right now, making products fascinating and desirable.

               Real Estate

To see what your home will look like, even before it is even built, or visit a property on sale without leaving home via stunning 360-degree virtual tours.

               Tourism & Travel

With VR headsets people all around the world can take virtual tours to any country, visit museums, parks, or climb the highest mountain without any risks!

Benefits to hire a VR developer

So you have an idea for a fantastic Virtual Reality app, now where can you find and hire VR developer? Basically, you have four directions to explore: developer communities, freelance sites, source code platforms, social media. For instance, official VR developer communities like Google VR developers, Oculus developer center, Vive/Steam developers, Gear VR developers, PlayStation VR developers, Unity3D community.

Where to find developers

Basics on various VR developers

Google Cardboard caused a truly disruptive effect on VR industry. For developers it is a suitable platform to create VR apps and for Google cardboard app a VR developer would have to have skills in Java, Objective C, or C#, as well as native iOS, Android and hybrid apps development skills.

Hire a Google Cardboard developer

Hire a PlayStationVR developer

The Gear VR headset by Samsung works in a 96-degree field of view, using the Oculus platform, so if you’re looking to hire Gear VR developer, he/she should be familiar with Oculus mobile SDK at least. C, C++ and C# coders with skills in game engines like Unity, Vuforia or Unreal.

PSVR is a more complicated and sophisticated piece of hardware designed for PlayStation 4 gaming console. Beside headset it also includes motion controllers, eye tracker, headphones – the 100% game-oriented product, so a VR developer should be a game developer primarily.

Hire a Samsung Gear VR developer

SteamVR is for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Open VR. As the unique 360-VR experience requiring a separate interactive game room, a VR developer has to be a highly-skilled 3D game creator. SteamVR developers utilize Unreal and Unity engines, OpenVR SDK, Viveport SDKs, etc.

Hire a SteamVR developer

~$70,000-80,000

Middle software developer, UX designer, animation designer, 360-degree video editor, user interface developer, etc.

Hire an Oculus developer

One of the most popular VR headsets with free development kits, Oculus presents plenty of possibilities for VR developers. To hire a VR developer implies knowledge of Oculus SDK and documentation, C++, Unity, Unreal, CryEngine skills, as well as a possession of latest DK-2.

While you may find out more on VR application development cost, keep in mind that VR projects may range from $5,000 to $300,000 in cost, and last from few months to over a year. In terms of individual VR developer expenses, 2 key standpoints are hourly rates and salaries.

ThinkMobiles VR development team can create:

Cost & rates

According to market researches, like the ones by Payscale and Neuvoo, median annual salary of today’s virtual reality developers is around $100K. Obviously, it may be less or more, depending on skills level, expertise and type of project.

$50/hr – average rate

~$130,000-180,000

Middle software developer, UX designer, animation designer, 360-degree video editor, user interface developer, etc.

*starting from $25 and up to $130, depending on expertise

Hire dedicated team
or a single VR developer

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