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Get started with virtual reality with these 5 apps for smartphones

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Virtual reality, or VR, is the technology of the moment - and it's now accessible to anyone with a spare £20 for a Google cardboard headset, and a smartphone. If you're just getting started, here's a few great apps to check out.

Get used to the headset with VR Roller Coaster attraction

If you fancy an immersive theme park experience without having to leave the comfort and relative safety of your sofa, this is for you.


There's a ton of virtual reality roller coaster apps about, but this is one of the most popular. Only the demo is free, but it's still worth checking out.

Watch some videos with Vrse

Vrse pops up in every top virtual reality app list, and for good reason. It's a great collection of video content and VR experiences.


Vrse covers everything from Saturday Night Live to cinematic views of world famous monuments. A great way to start with VR footage.

Try out VR gaming with Chair in a Room

If you fancy a short, yet decidedly creepy horror experience, download Chair in a Room. The game starts with, you guessed it, a chair in a room and a malfunctioning torch.


From there it's everything you'd expect from a short horror game, except everything is much more immersive (which is code for much more terrifying).

Experience virtual journalism with Solitary Confinement

Ever wanted to experience solitary confinement? Us neither, but the Guardian's pursuit of virtual journalism really pays off with this app.


The room, which gets old incredibly quickly (as is the intention) is supplemented with real testimonies from people who have been in solitary confinement themselves. A great introduction to virtual journalism.

Take some 360 degree snaps with Cardboard Camera

Now you've seen the content that's out there, start making your own! This is a great camera app to start you off.


It certainly has it's limitations, but Google's Cardboard Camera is free and a good introduction to 360 degree photography.

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