Factors affecting the cost of virtual reality applications

Desired target platforms

The key question is whether a VR application is being deployed to one or more systems, such as Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, or HTC Vive, and whether it is for a trade show use only or will be delivered to a broad audience over time.

Type of virtual reality project

Whether it’s 360° video, small helper, real estate visualization, complex VR configurators, or a full virtual reality game, the nature of your virtual reality project has a big impact on the cost.

Conceptual state of the virtual reality application

The more your concept has already been developed, the easier it is to assess potential savings or pitfalls in advance. Of course, we are also happy to support you in the creation of concepts and, above all, user experience guidelines.

Is there a prototype of the virtual reality project?

It is a long way from the idea to the virtual reality implementation, especially the testing / prototype phase is a time that has a significant impact on the costs. If you already have a prototype, the costs can decrease significantly, because many points are already clearly defined and agreed.

How does the acceptance of the project take place?

Is the acceptance performed by a person, IT and marketing or, for example, on the basis of tests in the target group? Are there defined acceptance rules, automated test procedures, and security checks? These factors influence the costs of the respective acceptance.

What is the realization timeframe of the virtual reality project?

The further in advance you plan and the more time you have for a project, the lower the costs will be. This is because you enable us to plan our resources optimally and a slightly longer project duration means that your project team is smaller, which simplifies coordination and thus saves costs.

Factors for the cost of VR games

Multiplayer

Do you want players to play against each other in your game? This usually requires a complex technical design and own servers to coordinate the games. This usually increases the costs significantly.

Factors for the cost of external data sources/services

Interfaces

If the virtual reality is to obtain information from various interfaces and also send data back to the server, the structure and number of interfaces through which this is to be done are decisive for the respective costs.

Number of expected users

A virtual reality application designed for 100 users can be technically simpler to set up than a virtual reality application that is to reach several million users. It is important to know the expected number of users in order to size the VR application and server accordingly and to avoid any unpleasant surprises in later operation.

Factors for the cost of design requirements

Resolutions

The more devices and resolutions you want to support, the more precisely the virtual reality application must be defined. This definition can increase the cost of both design creation and development.

Complexity of user guidance

The more complex your virtual reality idea is, the more time developers and designers spend implementing it. As a simplification, layouts and ways of user guidance are mostly used for calculation.

Individual design

The respective already defined design elements vof the respective VR platform are much easier to use than very individual and special design elements.

What are the realistic project costs for virtual reality projects now?

We have implemented more than 50 VR applications of various sizes for brand customers. Based on this experience, we see a reasonable project budget for the implementation of VR applications at between EUR 5,000 and EUR 100,000. In addition, there are optional operating and maintenance costs as well as external testing procedures such as crowd testing or acceptance by the TÜV.

To make this wide range more tangible, here are a few examples.

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Implementation of a 360° visualization of real estate

For a real estate developer we created a virtual reality illustration of a new shopping center for investors based on CAD data.
The VR application was fully implemented for EUR 15,000.

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Virtual reality game for trade fairs

For the trade show appearance of a large IT company, we developed a VR multiplayer game that can be played directly at the booth. The virtual reality game had a total budget for concept, design and development of EUR 80,000.

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Implementation of a 360° visualization of real estate

For a real estate developer we created a virtual reality illustration of a new shopping center for investors based on CAD data.
The VR application was fully implemented for EUR 15,000.

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Virtual reality game for trade fairs

For the trade show appearance of a large IT company, we developed a VR multiplayer game that can be played directly at the booth. The virtual reality game had a total budget for concept, design and development of EUR 80,000.

The Digital Media Group is an expert in consulting, conception and realization of virtual reality projects.

We advise and support our customers in the definition and success assessment as well as in the realization of virtual reality projects. From virtual reality applications for investors to VR apps with over 100,000 users, we have experience in sensible and efficient planning as well as realization within the desired structures.

We would be happy to make you an individual offer based on your ideas and conceptions. If you already have a written concept, this is the optimal start – alternatively, we will of course support you in the development of your idea!

Just contact us, we will give you a non-binding and free budget estimate of your virtual reality idea.

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