Virtual reality has been a gamer’s dream ever since we first saw the technology in science fiction. Now that VR has reached the consumer market, we are seeing innovation every way we turn from haptic feedback, huge fields of view, body sensing, VR treadmills and more.

 

With each step forward, we get closer and closer to full, realistic immersion in brand new worlds. Only now can we invite others to fully step into our own imaginations, to see and feel things that previously we could only talk about, read about, and watch in movies.

 

These ten virtual reality companies in the gaming industry are forward-thinkers with a whole lot of vision to share.

 

 

Oculus

Okay, so technically Oculus was acquired by Facebook, but they definitely still belong on this list.

 

Oculus is usually among the first companies people think of when they think virtual reality. And for good reason. Oculus has been a pioneer in bringing true virtual reality experiences to the consumer market with their Oculus Rift. Users can already find AAA titles for use with the Oculus Rift, but also many games modded by users to work together with the hardware.

 

 

 

 

 

Unity Technologies

Unity is huge in the gaming world. Their graphics engine supports many of the top games in the world, especially when it comes to mobile.

 

To explain just how huge they are, they reach 770 million gamers worldwide with their games–over double the number of registered Twitter users.

 

Although they also work with non-VR games, they are huge in the VR market too. In their own words:

“An estimated 90% of Samsung Gear VR games and 53% of Oculus Rift (games at launch) were Made With Unity.”

 

 

 

 

 

VREAL

Streaming gameplay is huge, and tons of people are making a fulltime living as streamers through platforms like Beam and Twitch. But what about VR?

 

VREAL helps gamers stream VR content–even onto 2D screens. With their software, gamers can record and stream VR content, and also hang out with other gamers in the VR space. When virtual reality streams are recorded, they are recorded in 360 degrees, so gamers never miss their best moments.

 

 

 

 

 

Wolf 3D

Wolf 3D is bringing human 3D scanning into the VR world. With their technology, people can operate avatars in the VR space that look exactly like they do. This helps people foster true connections in the virtual space. Users could use it to meet new friends or hang out with family and colleagues, all true to form.

 

 

 

 

 

OSSIC

Many VR companies are focusing on 360-degree graphics, but OSSIC is focusing on a different immersive sense–hearing. With new specialized algorithms, OSSIC is creating 3D sound that is realistic and can work alongside head movement tracking and the user’s own anatomy. OSSIC is taking us a major step closer to the virtual world being as complex and immersive as real life.

 

 

 

 

 

Impulsonic

Impulsonic is also working on audio for virtual reality. They are focused on physics-based audio that fit games on all major engines and platforms.

 

In their own words:

 

“Use fully-featured spatial audio attuned to the physical attributes of your in-game geometry. Combine accurate occlusion, reflection, reverb and HRTF effects for natural sounding immersion.”

 

 

 

 

Hyperverse

 

Hyperverse is like a choose-your-own-adventure except cooler, in VR, and with your friends. With Hyperverse, users can enter a VR universe that allows them to interact with objects in real-life around them as well as the collaborative story within virtual reality.  

 

 

 

 

Rtobjects

Rtobjects is bringing a VR-like experience to 2D screens for a variety of industries from gaming to automotive. They offer web experiences that are personalized, movie quality, and interactive. This is especially relevant to marketing, and could work very well for VR game marketing. Users can interact with the environment and features of a product (things like pressing buttons and turning dials) in any browser on web or mobile all while experience sounds, controlling the camera angle, and more. It requires no extra hardware.

 

 

 

 

InGlove

 

InGlove lets users feel virtual reality. They can touch textures and shapes and even feel temperatures of virtual objects using these high-tech gloves. The gloves also help with hand motion tracking in the VR space.

 

You can keep in touch with them on Facebook here.

 

 

 

 

FeelVR

 

Feel VR creates motion simulators and gaming wheels for affordable prices. The motion simulator chairs can integrate with most simulator games from flight to roller coasters, but they can also be used for movies and even massages!

 

You can keep in touch with them on Facebook here.

 

Can you think of any other virtual reality companies in the gaming industry that deserve a spot on this list? Let us know in the comments below!