LITA discussions on vendors for VR in academia
At WMU, the Libraries is partnering with our central OIT to host a VR lab in the main library. My partnering co-director, Kevin, is really the subject matter expert but I’m managing a lot of the day-to-day operations. Kevin is programming and experimenting with all kinds of hardware but we decided to use Oculus Rifts in our lab primarily because of the greater durability of the hand controllers (compared especially to the Vive). We’re getting all of our games through the Oculus store and have plans to expand into Steam or another provider but haven’t done so yet. We currently have 40+ titles available for gaming and educational purposes. We also teach content creation using Unity, Maya, Blender, and a handful of other tools.
https://wmich.edu/vr and https://wmich.edu/library/services/vr
Happy to provide more information but hopefully this gives you a good start.
Scott Russell, Director of IT Services
University Libraries, Western Michigan University
more on VR in this IMS blog