Simple VR app


After setting up GearVR Framework, let's create our first VR app and learn a few very important concepts in the process.

Create Project

Create a GearVR Framework project by copying the template project

Perform the following steps to make sure your project runs correctly

  1. (if developing for Gear VR) Copy your Oculus signature file to app/src/main/assets folder.
  2. Change the applicationId in build.gradle to a unique name to avoid naming conflict when you test the app later
  3. Change the app_name in res/values/strings.xml to avoid confusion when you debug the app.

Project Structure

Before we start, let's take a look at some essential parts of a GearVR Framework app

The template project contains two classes, MainActivity and MainScene

  • MainActivity is the entry point of the app, like it handles the initialization and life cycle of a VR app.

  • MainScene is the container of a scene, just like a scene in the movie, it contains things like camera, characters, visual effects etc, it is the place for all your VR content.

In the assets folder, there are two files: gvr.xml and oculussig file

  • gvr.xml is where you config various behavior of GearVR framework, which we'll get into detail in future tutorials

  • oculussig is the Oculus signing file which allows you to deploy debug apps to VR devices, so always make sure this you have a signing file in your project


Usually a VR app/game consists of one or more scenes. The template project already created one Scene called MainScene and it should be the starting point for your VR project.


MainScene extends from GVRMain, if you're creating your own entry point class, make sure to extend GVRMain

There are two functions in MainScene; both are important for the scene to work

  • onInit() is called when the scene is being loaded, and can be used to perform actions like object creation, assets loading.
  • onStep() called once per frame, can be used to perform things like animation, AI or user interactions

Add object

Adding an object to the scene is simple, Just create the object and specify the material and add it to the scene

First, let's add a new member variable for the Cube to the MainScene

    GVRCubeSceneObject mCube

Then add the cube to our scene with following code in onInit() function

    //Create a cube
    mCube = new GVRCubeSceneObject(gvrContext, true,
                 new GVRMaterial(gvrContext, GVRMaterial.GVRShaderType.Phong.ID);

    //Set position of the cube at (0, -2, -3)
    mCube.getTransform().setPosition(0, -2, -3);

    //Add cube to the scene

Build and run the app, you should be able to see a white cube on the screen


If you're using "VR developer mode" without headset the orientation might be different, you might need to turn around to see the cube

Make it move

Now let's make the cube rotate. Because we want to see the cube rotate continuously, we need to update its rotation every frame. So instead of the onInit() function we need to add the rotation logic into onStep() function

Add the following code to the onStep() function

    //Rotate the cube along the Y axis
    mCube.getTransform().rotateByAxis(1, 0, 1, 0);

rotateByAxis() has 4 parameters, the first specifies the rotation angle while the rest 3 defines the rotation axis.

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Build and run the app, you should be able to see a rotating cube.

Now that you have a rotating cube in VR, feel free to try different things: change its color, make it scale up and down or move it around.

Source Code

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