6 Things to Look for When Hiring a Virtual Reality Developer
So, you have a great idea for your Virtual Reality app concept and you’re ready to turn your VR dreams into actual reality. Your next step: find a Virtual Reality developer that best suits your project goals. And while there’s a lot to consider when choosing a development partner for any type of project (scope, cost, timeline, etc.), there are some unique factors you need to be aware of when looking at Virtual Reality companies.
To help get you started we have compiled an official checklist of what to look for when partnering with a Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality developer.
1 – Vertical Expertise
When looking for a company to develop a VR application you need to look beyond basic Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experience. While you can nuance VR and AR, they require different forms of expertise.
You’ll want to find a partner that has some form of vertical expertise or has at least solved similar challenges in your vertical.
Just as VR & AR have their own challenges, so does a business vertical. Selecting a Virtual Reality company with no existing assets or vertical-specific knowledge is like starting from scratch. Not only can it slow down development time, the overall success of your project can be jeopardized.
By partnering with a Virtual Reality developer that has demonstrable expertise in your vertical you are choosing someone that already speaks the language of your customer. Building on a developer’s existing assets and specific knowledge is a great way to increase ROI. And in the end, it can mean the difference between an OK and a WOW result.
2 – Proof of Concept
Seeing is believing, and this is particularly true with AR and VR. With this in mind, you’ll want to find a development partner that can build a proof of concept (POC) app quickly and with a minimal investment. In fact, you should insist on it.
This is particularly important if you want to ensure the company you’re looking to hire is the real deal. Not only will it help you get a glimpse of what they can deliver, it provides an early opportunity to see if your vision is in alignment.
A POC provides a great tangible example of the app vision before investing in a huge project.
3 – A Solid Product Development Process
Product development is a crucial portion of your project. You’ll want to look for a partner with predefined product development specific to Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.
Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 3D content all come with their own set of unique challenges. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not as easy as saying here’s my idea, now let’s start programming!
In VR and AR particularly, there are endless possibilities and details to consider. A well thought out development process is essential.
As a developer, you have to lay out every little aspect before you even begin programming. In fact, there are thousands of details to think about during the first phase of development alone.
For best results, ensure the VR company you are considering partnering with has a standardized production process with templates, a methodology and best practices to leverage.
4 – Avoid Device-Obsessed Virtual Reality Developers
Current devices have their own benefits and challenges; right now, none of them provide a complete solution.
When you put the device first you run the risk of ending up with a pricey app that isn’t portable, becomes outmoded or unsupported in a few months, and can’t be repurposed down the line.
It’s important to remember that devices are just publishing and delivery mechanisms for content. In fact, in many cases, the best sandbox for testing Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality concepts quickly can simply be a smartphone or tablet rather than an emerging headset.
Try to avoid working with a company fixed on a specific device or technology. Instead, find one that can help you explore all available options and provides recommendations that make sense given the objectives of your project.
5 – Understanding That Content Comes First
Devices change constantly. You want to find an experienced Virtual Reality developer that puts content first, never the device.
It’s important to remember that content is the foundation of the experience. Once created, 3D content can be tailored to different devices, making it a timeless investment.
You want your content adapted to your message and not to the device of the moment. Making your 3D content flexible, relational and manageable is the best way to protect your investment.
6 – Support
There are no exceptions; Virtual Reality experiences must be actively supported to succeed.
In fact, we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to find a Virtual Reality developer that offers training, adoption, analytics and support, all on an ongoing basis.
Make sure your Virtual Reality developer has a solid support program in place. They need to be ready and willing to guide you through installations and updates. Having a well-staffed team prepared to answer customer questions is a good indicator that your firm won’t disappear once the development work is done.
So, there you have it…
The Didjet team has spoken with thousands of customers and worked with clients on hundreds of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality projects. The result? We have learned a thing or two about what it takes to develop a successful VR app.
Stick to the checklist above, and you’re likely to find a Virtual Reality developer that will deliver your project on time and within budget. We truly hope these tips help you make an informed decision and guide you to find the best Virtual Reality partner for your project
How Can Didjet Help?
Didjet has unrivalled experience in VR software development across diverse business verticals. We will guide your innovative app concept through the important design and development stages, keeping you in the loop the entire time. And in the end, we’ll deliver an innovative and effective application that will not only transform your business but make your entire industry sit up and take notice.
The question is: Are you ready to take the first step towards making your VR app idea a reality?