Virtual Reality | Gaming

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality headsets can be used to immerse users into virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR). This can be used for learning about VR and AR, testing user created VR or AR games, video, or programs, or as a part of a research project. VR studio is bookable via the Spaces page.


The DSC has one HTC Vive Pro VR system, an industry-leading VR kit that offers a high-definition display and advanced motion tracking. This equipment is set up in our designated VR studio which is available for booking through our website. 

The VR Studio contains: 

  • 1 HTC Vive Pro headset
  • 2 HTC Vive Pro hand controllers
  • 2 HTC Vive Pro base units
  • 1 VR compatible desktop workstation. 

VR Studio Policy Highlights: 

  • VR studio is bookable by University of Alberta, faculty, staff, and students.
  • Maximum occupancy – 3 people
  • VR Studio and all equipment is for academic, non-commercial use
  • First time users need to complete a tutorial with a designated DSC staff member
  • No food or drink in the VR studio
  • Equipment cannot be removed from the room


The DSC has 3 Google Cardboard headsets which are a great introduction to VR and AR. The Cardboard headsets are bookable for use in the DSC. To use the Cardboard, users must have access to a smart phone that is able to download the Google Cardboard ap or other similar VR/AR ap. Cardboard headsets can be used to experience 360 photography or video.


The Samsung Gear headset is another basic VR headset that can be a good way for novice users of VR/AR to learn more and is bookable for use within the DSC. The Gear headset can also be used to experience 360 photography or video. Users must have access to a compatible Samsung smart phone and have pre-downloaded a VR/AR ap in order to use the Gear headset.


The DSC currently has two video game consoles which are bookable for use within the DSC by University of Alberta faculty, staff, and graduate students for academic use. Game consoles and controllers can be booked for use in the centre.

Currently users can bring their own games, or borrow games from the library’s collection.


The Nintendo Switch has two sets of controllers, allowing up to 4 players at once.


The PS4 has 2 controllers allowing 2 players to play at once.


The DSC also provides access to a variety of virtual reality and gaming software. This includes: Terragen 4, Autodesk Maya and Eagle. For more information see the Software page.