Field of view: The week in virtual reality

VR notes from the past seven days
Field of view: The week in VR

It's that time of the week once again where we catch you up on all the latest launches, announcements and rumours flying around in the world of VR from the past seven days.

On the site this week, we've been hanging out at the Augmented World Expo to see what's next for VR and AR, we look at how VR expeditions are making learning fun while the Xbox VR rumours continue to swirl.

From new games to VR backpacks, here's what you may have missed from the week in VR.

Read this: VR news blips and tidbits

Nintendo NX delayed due to VR support

The latest rumours suggest Nintendo's upcoming NX console was delayed until 2017 in a bid to add VR to the mix. The Wii U follow-up was expected to arrive in 2016, but it appears the arrival of Sony's PlayStation VR headset and speculation Microsoft has big VR plans caused Ninty to hold fire.

Bjork album gets VR makeover

The pop star is launching a Digital Tour where her fans can use Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive headsets to visit landscapes from her native Iceland set to tracks from her latest album, Vulnicura. The tour kicks off in Sydney in June before moving onto other major international cities.

Holofit wants you to work up a sweat with Vive

Aiming to inject some excitement into your rowing or stationary biking sessions in the gym, startup Holodia has developed a HTC Vive rig that lets you work out in a series of exotic landscapes. It also packs in a personal fitness coach and will let you go head-to-head against other VR fitness freaks.

Windows Holographic coming to VR headsets

Microsoft announced this week that it wants to bring its HoloLens OS to other VR and AR headsets. The specially optimised version of Windows 10 would give hardware makers the opportunity to tap into features like the Windows Store, Xbox Live services and other aspects of its mixed reality software.

MSI, HP making VR backpacks

Yes, backpack VR PCs are a thing and MSI is one of the first companies helping you to ditch the trailing cables. The Backpack PC weighs in at 5kg (12b), is powered by the latest Intel and Nvidia components and has a 90 minute battery life.

Play this: Pool Nation VR

There's no need to queue up your coins on the side of the table to get next game on the virtual reality equivalent of hanging out at the pool hall. This slick VR title uses motion control and real pool physics to create the authentic gameplay. You can play against online/offline players, throw bottles in a rage when you've missed a shot and throw a round of darts when you're waiting for your turn.

It's available now on Steam for $16.99.

Read this: The best HTC Vive and Steam VR games to play

Watch this: Edge of Nowhere

Insomniac Games (Resistance and Sunset Overdrive) has revealed the launch trailer for its third person, horror VR game that has the potential to be one of this year's standout titles. Available for the Oculus Rift from 6 June, you can enjoy the video above that's filled with monsters, gorgeous landscapes and a sense that this game is going to scare the hell out of you.

Read this: The best Oculus Rift games

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