VR Headset

The best way to experience virtual reality is with an immersive VR headset that offers “look all around you” 3D vision and “hear things behind you” stereo sound. The best VR headset for you depends on your tech set-up and your budget. They all rely on another device to play VR experiences: Some use your mobile phone, while others rely on your computer or game console. Within’s VR films can be experienced with any of them.

How to do it: To get started, insert your phone into the headset, then download a VR app. Once in the app, you can download videos and experience them in VR. For more info check out the iOS or Android app store.

Other headsets available now – including the Sony Playstation VR headset, the Oculus Rift headset and the HTC Vive headset – these use your computer or game console as an engine. For these, you’ll download the specific Within VR app for each platform.

Virtual Reality headset

Cardboard VR Viewer

The next best thing to a VR headset is a simple Cardboard VR viewer. It’s the least expensive option for a somewhat immersive experience, with “look all around you” 3D vision and “hear things behind you” stereo sound. These headsets (which cost between $15 and $130 in the U.S.) are a quick and easy way to convert your mobile phone into a VR viewer.

How to do it: Cardboard viewers work along with your mobile phone, and are available in a range of styles from a range of companies, including ViewMaster (Mattel), DodoCase, Zeiss and Knox Labs (See a full list of Cardboard viewers here). For these viewers, you should download a VR app for iOS or Android, download individual videos, and then insert the phone into the viewer to experience them. Be sure to use your headphones / ear buds for stereo sound.

VR cardboard viewer

Don't have a VR device?

Even if you don’t have a VR headset, you can still get a VR experience using your mobile phone on its own.

How to do it: Download a VR app for Android or iPhone. Download individual videos to your phone. After hitting play, move the mobile phone around to watch around from left to right in the scene.

Web Player

To get a glimpse of a VR video, you can watch it on the web, in what’s known as “360” video format. To be clear: This is not true VR. (It’s not immersive; it’s not 3D). But our web player makes it easy to view 360° content through your web browser. You can also embed our video player on your own website.

How to do it: After hitting “Play,” click and drag on the video to navigate left, right, up and down.

VR video web player