Why Matterport VR Tours Are Not The Answer

Why Matterport VR Tours Are Not The Answer

Like many other industries these days, real-estate has been impacted by a sudden influx of new virtual reality possibilities. Matterport VR renderings are all the trendy buzz lately among developers, agents, and property owners. But realistically: Is the newest, shiniest option always the smartest? Matterport tours haven’t been around long enough to develop a consistent reputation, and their steep price tag is unignorable.  This leaves many property owners and agents wondering: Are Matterport VR tours worth it? For most people’s rendering needs, the answer to this question is a definite no. And here’s why:  

Low Convenience

Matterport VR renderings are inconvenient in a number of ways. For instance, the renderings can’t be edited; furthermore, making just one of these renderings takes hours and hours of preparation and photography, creating a notoriously slow turn-around time.

However, the main inconvenience caused by Matterport cameras has to do with scheduling- there’s no way to make a Matterport rendering of a space that is still being designed, or is not yet fully constructed. For agents and property owners who want to show off their vision of a new property while it’s still in the developmental stages, this can be a major headache. 

High Cost

There’s no getting around it:  Matterport tours are one of the most expensive options on the market. Because these tours are the property of the Matterport company specifically, these renderings come with a vast array of associated company costs that the unprepared buyer might not be aware of. To upload each tour to the servers costs anywhere from 19 to 29 dollars, but to keep the renderings hosted on the server can cost up to an additional 149 dollars per month.

But of course, the most costly component of any Matterport rendering is the camera itself, which ranges in price from 2400 to 3300 dollars. Though VR tours may seem like a flashy, high-tech option, in practice, they are a drain on the budget of most property owners.

Low Quality

For designers and clients alike, Matterport VR tours are often unrefined and difficult to work with. For instance, it is impossible to edit a Matterport VR Tour to reflect any changes to the layout or design of the property. These renderings are also lower in visual quality than simple photographs taken with a standard DSLR camera, sometimes giving them a dark and unappealing appearance.

Furthermore, it is impossible for Matterport designs to represent the outside of a building, leaving the viewer with questions about crucial information. In addition, though they boast “realistic” walk-through experiences, Matterport renderings are notorious for lag time and failure to load correctly, making them frustrating or even impossible for customers to view.

Better Alternatives

Compared to a Matterport rendering, a virtual 3D rendering can deliver unbeatable quality. A virtual 3D tour shows viewers both the inside and the outside of a  property in intricate detail, giving clients a vibrant, fully realized idea of the space with a seamless, lag-free click-through experience. Considering the detail, ease-of-use, and value available through virtual 3D renderings,  the glitchy low-quality of a Matterport rendering is simply not worth the eyebrow-raising price tag.