The market for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is growing rapidly. The VR market is expected to reach $18.6 billion by 2026 and research reveals that the AR market will grow from USD 6.12 billion (2021) to USD 97.76 billion (2028).
Augmented and virtual reality allows businesses to create new and innovative products and services. As AR and VR develop further, businesses have to ensure that their products offer a perfect user experience. This guide will take you through everything you need to know about VR and AR testing, from how to set up your test environment to the important steps you must follow.
What is Augmented Reality?
Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that allows users to interact with virtual objects in the real world. It has many potential applications, from education and entertainment to business and manufacturing.
What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual Reality (VR) is a technology that allows users to immerse themselves in a completely simulated environment. VR can be used for a variety of purposes, such as gaming, training, and education.
What’s the difference between AR and VR?
The main difference between AR and VR is that AR adds virtual elements to the real world, while VR creates a completely simulated environment. With augmented reality, end-users are still able to interact with the real world. In contrast, virtual reality creates an entirely immersive experience that can cut off users from the physical world.
Augmented reality works by projecting virtual images with the help of a phone camera. It enhances and enriches the user’s experience of the real world.
On the other hand, virtual reality uses a computer-generated simulation of an alternative world to elevate a user’s experiences. When used with specialized tools like computers, sensors, headsets, and gloves, these immersive simulations may provide the user access to virtually any picture or location they can imagine.
Steps to Conduct Augmented and Virtual Reality Testing
Hiring augmented and virtual reality testing experts like Oprimes to test your app is key to ensuring a seamless user experience. We follow these steps to conduct augmented reality and virtual reality testing:
- Define the test objectives
- Choose a representative sample of users that matches your target demographic.
- Make sure your app is compatible with different types of hardware, including mobile devices, head-mounted displays, and hand-held controllers.
- Collect actionable feedback on how well the testers are able to complete tasks while using your app and whether they experience any motion sickness.
- Test how well your app performs in terms of response time, memory usage, and battery life.
- Conduct usability testing to gather data from real users about their experience with your app.
- Test in a variety of real-world scenarios to see how well your app performs and make sure they work as intended.
How can I test my product’s AR/VR experience?
Before launching AR or VR testing, it is important to set up a test environment. The first step is to identify which devices you want to test on. Once you’ve decided on the devices you want to test, you need to set up your test environment. This includes installing the necessary software and hardware, as well as configuring the test environment to work with your devices.
Crowd testing is the most reliable way to get authentic feedback about an AR or VR experience from real users. It helps ensure that your app is easy to use and understand, that it can handle different types of users in different types of scenarios, and that any potential issues are caught and addressed before launch.
In fact, experts believe that when it comes to AR and VR testing, crowd testing may be the only way to get accurate results. It is the most efficient method for testing AR/VR applications and reflects how real users will interact with your app in the real world.
Oprimes ensures that all aspects of an AR or VR experience are thoroughly tested before your launch. We have a team of expert testers who know how to test for usability, functional bugs, and performance issues. We also have a large network of testers around the world who efficiently test in a wide variety of real-world scenarios. We offer the following AR and VR testing:
- Functional Testing: Conduct exploratory tests and test case executions while working seamlessly within your Software Development Life Cycle or SDLC release cycle.
- Usability Testing: Gather data from real users who are your target demographic to get feedback about how they interact with your app and what their experience is like.
- Immersive Testing: Check how well your app performs in real-world scenarios, including cases where users might be distracted or there are changes in lighting or other environmental factors. We also check how users are able to complete tasks while using your app and whether they experience any motion sickness.
- Hardware Testing: Make sure your app is compatible with different types of hardware, including mobile devices, head-mounted displays, and hand-held controllers
- Accessibility Testing: Ensure that anyone can use the AR/VR app, regardless of age or physical condition, and that navigation is quick and intuitive.
- Security Testing: Figure out the app’s weaknesses and establish that the information and resources are safe from potential hackers.
AR and VR are still relatively new technologies, and as such, there are not a lot of testing tools available. With Oprimes’ state-of-the-art testing tools and years of experience, we can provide you with the comprehensive testing coverage you need to ensure your app is perfect.