Welcome you lovely, lovely people to your latest instalment of Field of view. That place where we get into everything that happened in the world of VR and AR this week.
And there’s been plenty to talk about this week. Like the news that the Oculus Rift 2 has reportedly been cancelled, confirmation that Facebook smartglasses are in the works and the news that Samsung has upgraded its Windows VR headset with some interesting new additions. Plus, we got to try out a new pair of Alexa-powered smartglasses that you’ll actually want to wear.
Essential reading: Top VR games to play in 2018
And we’re not done. For all the smaller (but still interesting) news from the immersive realms, we get into those below. We also pick out a VR game and vid you need in your life too.
Read this: News blips and tidbits
Pimax 8K VR headset now up for grabs
The world’s first 8K VR headset that raised big bucks on Kickstarter in 2017 is finally ready for pre-order. The most funded VR project in crowdfunding history pumps up the field of view and resolution beyond the Rift and the Vive is available in three versions with prices starting at $699. So if you didn’t get in on the crowdfunding campaign, now’s your chance. But fulfilling Kickstarter pre-orders will take priority before everyone else can get one.
Oculus Go will share your VR sessions
You can now let others watch what you’re doing when you having some Go time. Beta support for Oculus Go casting for tablets and smartphones has started rolling out. That means if your Go and device that you want to view the action on is on the same Wi-Fi network, you’re now able to see what you’re playing or watching on the cable-free VR headset.
Super Mario Bros in VR? Yes please
Yep you read that right. The 3DNesVR emulator will let you play classic NES games on your high end VR headset. A free demo of the app is available on Steam and supports games including Super Mario Bros, Dr Mario, Tetris and Donkey Kong. You’ll need to provide the game ROMs (legally) to make it work with a full version of the app rolling out in January 2019. Unless it gets yanked by Nintendo before that.
Sony is thinking about local multiplayer VR
A patent from the PSVR makers suggests the company is looking at making easier for others to get in on the VR fun. The published patent appears to point to a device that is able to allow multiple VR headset users to view the same things in VR from different angles and different depths. Anything that would make VR more of a shared experience is definitely something we can get on board with.
Syren is coming to PSVR
The survival horror VR game that launched on the Rift and Vive last year is now also getting some PSVR love. HammerHeadVR is bringing episodes 1 and 2 to the PlayStation Store on 6 November. If you’re not familiar with Syren, the game focuses on steering clear of monsters called syrens in an underwater research facility. See the teaser trailer to get a taste of what to expect.
Play this: Crazy Machines VR
Like the idea of making whacky contraptions in VR? Well this just might be your bag. Crazy Machines VR is a game where you’re challenged to build contraptions to completed physics-based challenges. There’s 40 levels to work your way through and it’s available now on the Steam store for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows VR headsets. PSVR owners, you’ll have to wait a bit later before you can get in on the fun.
Watch this: Gun Club VR
No 360 degree video for you this week, but we do have another trailer for you to enjoy instead. Gun Club VR as the name hints at is all about shooting stuff. The upcoming game for PSVR owners lets you test drive a wide assortment of weaponry with the models based on realistic ballistics. Check out the announcement trailer above to see what kind of heat you could be packing.
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