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HTC Vive and Unity – Absolute Beginner Resources

If you want to develop a game or a VR experience on the HTC Vive, you are not familiar with Unity and don’t know where to begin? This article is for you! Check out my absolute beginner resources!

Hello World!

As web and mobile developer, I am used to the “Hello World” tutorials, you know, the ones that make you proud of being able those two simple words on a new interface. So, I was looking for an equivalent in VR and I found it: Hello World! Getting Started With VR Dev (Unity + Vive) by Level 2 Lab.

It is actually the first resource I used in VR development. The install process is really smooth and the explanations are great and fun! You explore the store and do everything with your own hands. And most importantly, it’s not too long for a first tutorial (12 mins, but you’ll need to press pause sometimes), you get to do something pretty quickly.

As we are in VR, you won’t make “Hello world” appear out of thin air. Instead, you will create the world and you will be able to say Hello to it or wave at least. Yes, yes, you’ll see!

Hello World VR
Hello World in VR by Level 2 Lab

Ray Wenderlich

I was glad to find a tutorial for VR on RayWenderlich.com, but not just a tutorial, but spot on the resource I needed: HTC Vive Tutorial for Unity . I really like their tutorials, they are always clear and very detailed. I could have started there, but I wanted to build something with my own hands first, to see how it feels.

Anyway, this tutorial is great for the controllers and vectors explanations, and it comes with the most useful bits of code you can use for the controllers. And cherry on top: this first experience you will work on will be perfect to impress your friends! Thumbs up Ray!

Note: Don’t forget to check out the other resources linked in the article: Introduction to Unity Scripting and Introduction to Unity: Getting Started. It’s basically everything you need to know. Period.

Playing with the HTC Vive Tutorial for Unity

Unity Resources

Of course, Unity has great resources for both VR and non-VR projects. I encourage you to check out the following pages to learn more about Unity’s environment, then check the tutorials even the non-VR ones and finally try the VR-specific tutorials.

Note: Unity’s newsletter is quite interesting too, go check it out.

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Unity VR

Well, that’s all for now. Happy coding and welcome to the VR world :)

One thought on “HTC Vive and Unity – Absolute Beginner Resources

  1. Hello and yes, I am a Strawberry to Vive and Virtual Reality. My name is Michael Lewis and you have to start somewhere.

    I am currently finishing my Master in Information Systems and have been exploring three possibilities.
    1. Proceeding on with School and finishing an MBA in addition to my MIS degree
    2. Proceeding on with School and finishing a Master in Cyber-security from Maryland University or maybe a boot camp for Security + and CISSP
    3. So much to learn about VR and your site is a great introduction. Programming in VR almost seems like the Jedi System from Star Wars. You have to find a master. Can you recommend some resources for VR Programming and VIVE for a brand new user to VR?
    Thank you for your site and time.

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