Field of view: The week in virtual reality

Catch up on all the VR news from the week
Field of view: The week in VR

Yes, it's another big week for virtual reality. With the official release of PlayStation VR, it seems everyone's trying to figure out what to play. Lucky for you we've compiled a handy list of the best PS VR games to check out first.

We've also updated our guide on everything you need to know about PS VR in case you have any lingering questions. Not to be forgotten, we've also updated our impressions of Oculus Touch which has been perfectly timed with HTC Vive's announcement of its new VR controllers.

Finally, it should be noted that Samsung has decided to remove Gear VR support for its new Galaxy Note 7 phone because, you know, it's best to avoid literal explosions in the face.

For everything else you've missed this week in VR, read on below.

Read this: VR news blips and tidbits

Atari co-founder just started his own VR company

It only makes sense that Atari's Nolan Bushnell would create a VR company. Called Modal VR, Bushnell and co are promising both hardware and software. But it's not exactly the Vive or Rift you know. Instead it seems the company is aiming for arcade-like experiences with its standalone headset, body tracking suits and more - similar to The Void's approach. We're totally ok with more VR arcades.

This UK bank is taking job interviews to the next level

As if normal job interviews weren't scary enough, Lloyds Banking Group in the UK is creating a program to place potential employees in VR test simulations. Basically, applicants will don a headset to show off their chops. The bank is testing the tech at a Lloyds' recruitment drive later this year.

Neurosurgeons experimenting with Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens is expensive but that doesn't seem to be stopping early adopters and developers from using the tech. Two neurosurgeons at Duke University are testing out procedures with the aid of HoloLens strapped to their heads. Blind procedures could be made easier by superimposing images from the HoloLens during surgeries. There's still a lot of testing to be done, but it seems to be progressing.


Snag this: Raw Data

Raw Data is one of the most popular games on Steam for HTC Vive, and is currently hosting a free weekend along with a 25% off sale. The free weekend lasts until Sunday 1pm PST and the sale is happening until Monday 10am PST. It's a great time to pick up the title since it's multiplayer - and who wouldn't want to shoot, hack and slash away at robots with a buddy? The latest update also includes a brand new character and two new missions to try out.

Play this: Super Stardust Ultra VR

A favorite during PlayStation VR testing, Super Stardust Ultra VR is one game you must check out with the console headset. The premise is simple since it's an arcade shooter, but you'll find yourself drawn back again and again to beat your high score. The game is currently $20 from the PlayStation Store.

Try this: Madefire Comics

Love comics? Then check out new Gear VR app Madefire Comics. It's been out for awhile now, but in VR you'll be able to read comics in 360 panoramic views accompanied by music, sound effects and motion transport all while controlling the pace. We loved trying Square Enix's comic experiment Project Hikari and we're loving the sound of this app for VR. It's available through the Oculus Store for free with sample content right now, but more comics are on the way.

Download this: Google Sprayscape

Sprayscape uses your phone's gyroscope to take pictures on the inside of a 360-degree sphere. Simply point your phone and tap the screen to spray faces, places, or anything else onto your canvas.

You can then share your creations via a link in a text message or on social media with friends where they can jump into your 'scapes and look around using their own phones or Google Cardboard.

It seems like the app is only for Android phones at the moment, and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for free.


Shop for VR headsets on Amazon

Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift
$599.99
PlayStation VR
PlayStation VR
$399
HTC Vive
HTC Vive
$799
Samsung Gear VR
Samsung Gear VR
$97.98

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