oVRcome app

An app for people that have a phobia or fear and want to overcome it.

oVRcome  By oVRcome 
Features
  • Education
  • Virtual reality (VR) exposure therapy
  • Tools/techniques 
  • Tracking

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Country of origin  Aotearoa New Zealand
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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? Yes (collects medical information such as severity of fear, and anxiety ratings for specific VR environments. This data is used to personalise the treatment for the user. This data is encrypted.)
  • require a login? Yes
  • have password protection? No
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? Yes
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Cost Free version (basic) or NZ$55 (first month include headset) followed by NZ$25/month — users can cancel at anytime
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What does the app do?

The oVRcome app is most useful for people that have a phobia or fear and want to overcome it. Currently the app offers seven programmes, targeted for fear of needles, flying, heights, public speaking, dogs, spiders and social anxiety.
The app consists of six modules.

  • The first four modules are psychoeducation modules where users learn skills and techniques for managing anxiety such as diaphragmatic breathing and thought reframing.
  • The fifth module is the virtual reality exposure therapy, this is where the user will build their exposure hierarchy from the extensive library of VR content, and experience gradual exposure. The app records a users anxiety rating using a subjective units of distress scale (SUDS) rating which is entered using gaze control. The fifth module is where users spend the majority of their time in the app.
  • Once the exposure hierarchy is completed, the sixth module is a module that prepares the user for real-life exposure and also includes meditation material.

Free version (basic)

The free portion of the app allows the user to select a VR clips from different categories of phobias that they would like to work on gaining confidence in managing their phobia. The selection of VR clips are limited in number and restricted to “low and medium” anxiety ones. The videos can be viewed on a handheld mobile phone, or in a VR headset (e.g. Google cardboard) for an immersive experience.

Premium version

In the premium subscription, users will be mailed a VR headset, gain access to a 2.5 hour psychoeducation program split into 6 modules and a VR library with graded exposure of the anxiety-provoking stimulus.

For the complete app description, go to the app website, Google Play, App Store or, for a more detailed review, see Reviews.

PROS CONS 

✔ The psychoeducation program split into 6 modules.

✔ Utilises immersive virtual reality  technology for graded exposure.

✔ Virtual reality (VR) goggles provided with premium subscription.

✔ Videos are useable without VR goggles in 360° mode on handheld device.

✔ Active and helpful app developers.

✘ Higher resolution videos can take a long time to download and infrequently crash the device.

Review details

Date of review: November 2021 (reviewed the needle phobia program)
Platform reviewed: Apple iOS
Version: 1.44.3

App developer
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Credits: Editorial team. Last reviewed: 19 Nov 2021