Wysiwyg is a software developed by cast technology. Although no developed as a VR compatible software and initially for computer based simulation design they have recently developed r42 which has allowed the software to be VR compatible. Initially developed and still sold as a lighting design software it has the capabilities to create theatres and import set pieces and lights where appropriate.


A design license for wysiwyg is around £3000 however it is possible to get a free student license.


Tutorial Effectiveness

The tutorials cover a wide range of lessons in 12 videos. However the detail in the videos is limited and some of the software isn't particularly intuitive to use.

Minimum System Requirements

  • VR System: HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.

  • Processor (CPU): Intel Core i5 / i7 / i7 Extreme Edition / i9, or equivalent AMD processor, released in 2017 or later, quad-core or better, 2.4 GHz or better.

  • Memory (RAM): 8GB or more, configured for dual- or quad-channel operation (depending on the memory architecture supported by the system processor).

  • Video Card (GPU): GTX 1070 or AMD RX Vega 56 minimum; GTX 1080/1080Ti/Titan XP or RTX 2070/2080/2080Ti or AMD RX Vega 64 recommended.

  • Storage: 2GB free disk space.

  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit version

  • Other: one unused USB port for the dongle; additional USB port(s) required by the VR system.


  • Beginner: No coding or graphics experience | 2+ hours

  • Intermediate: Some coding or graphics experience | 1+ hours

  • Advanced: Both coding and graphics experience | 30+ minutes

  • Expert: A lot of experience with computer graphics | 30+ minutes

Power: The engine's power - i.e. how much one can do with this

  1. Medium: wysiwyg is a decent software that created decent visualisation of theatres and lighting design. It doesn't have a particularly good render and as it wasn't created for VR purposes it isn't necessarily the best software for use., but as you can get a free student license it would be a useful toll for beginners to understand theatre designing.


wysiwyg is a perfectly good software for the basic and less well rendered uses that it may be utilised for. You can design your theatre space on wysiwyg or upload theatres pre designer elsewhere. It also has a huge CAD library where you can download lights and set pieces that are used in industry.