New to Virtual Reality?

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1. Get ready for BBC VR

Get ready to experience BBC storytelling like you never have before. In Virtual Reality you’re not just seeing the story, you’re part of it.

Virtual Reality (VR) means experiencing stories in a fully immersive way, pictures and sound are all around you, so what you see and hear will change depending on where you’re looking. To get the most out of VR you need a headset. The BBC’s VR experiences are supported on a variety of different headsets, scroll down this page to find out how to install the BBC VR app, or find our content on your device.

Don’t have a VR headset? Don’t worry, many of our experiences also work on phones, tablets and computers, keep reading to find out how to watch on your device and how to get your own headset for the full VR experience.

2. Where do I watch BBC VR?

You can watch lots of our content right here on your phone or desktop browser, but for a truly immersive experience watch in your VR headset.

If you have an Oculus Go or a Samsung Gear VR, download the BBC’s free VR app now. Search for 'BBC VR' in the Oculus store, or tap the link below. If you have a different headset, like a Google Daydream or cardboard smartphone headset, you can still experience immersive BBC VR using the YouTube app. All of our experiences are listed on this site.

Some BBC experiences are also available for higher-end headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Search for ‘BBC’ in the Steam and Oculus stores.

3. How do I get a headset?

You can still experience the best of BBC VR here or in the YouTube app on your smartphone. Move your phone or tablet around you to see through a magic window into the world of BBC Virtual Reality. You can also click and drag to change your view.

For fully interactive experiences you’ll need a headset, available from online and high street stores. The BBC’s VR app is available on Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR, and you can see most BBC VR experiences using the YouTube app on Google Daydream and cardboard headsets.

We’re still experimenting with different platforms, such as PlayStation VR and Windows Mixed Reality, and may add support in the future. Keep an eye on bbc.co.uk/vr for updates.

4. Setting up a cardboard headset

Cardboard headsets are a great way to get started in VR, they’re available from many online and high street shops. Once you’ve got your own, follow these steps to watch BBC VR in cardboard:

  1. Get cardboard headset and assemble it.
  2. Make sure your YouTube app is up to date.
  3. Follow a YouTube link from this site or search for BBC VR content in the YouTube app on your phone.
  4. Pick a video and start playback.
  5. Tap the cardboard headset icon in the bottom right of the video to activate headset mode.
  6. Insert your phone into your cardboard headset.
  7. Look around to view the video in 360 degrees. Use headphones for the best sound experience.

5. Questions?

Virtual Reality is still an experimental medium so if you experience any problems, take a look at our list of frequently asked questions.