Field of view: The week in virtual reality

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

It's Field of view time. Your place to find out what's been going on in the wonderful world of virtual reality.

This week, we found out about HTC Vive sales figures for the first time, Google's Daydream VR headset is now up for pre-order and a VR headset that works with the PS4 and the Xbox One hit Kickstarter.

We also explored why we get motion sickness when using VR, shared our favourite PlayStation VR tips and tricks and our news editor Hugh Langley argued why Valve and Oculus are forging two different VR paths.

Here's our collection of the other VR stories you may have missed this week, plus we pick our favourite VR game and video you need to check out pronto.

Read this: VR news blips and tidbits

PlayStation VR outsold PS4 in Japan

The first week sales figures are in from Japan and it says that Sony's virtual reality headset sold more units than the PS4 did that week. PSVR shipped 51,644 units in comparison to the console you need to hook it up to, which managed 30,154 units.

Star Trek VR delayed until 2017

Beaming yourself up in virtual reality is on hold as Ubisoft has confirmed via a blog update that the new release date for Star Trek: Bridge Crew is now March 14, 2017. The game is set to launch on PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

More NBA games to get VR love

The NBA has announced that it's set to broadcast at least 25 games in VR from the upcoming season. It's teaming up with NextVR to make it happen and if you want to be immersed in the action on the court, you'll need to pay $200 for a NBA League Pass subscription.

PornHub videos now work on PSVR

Yes, PlayStation fans, if the real reason you bought one is to enjoy 360-degree videos of smut as Pornhub confirmed its immersive flicks work on PSVR. It's not the most straightforward way to get it up and running on your headset, but if you want some adult action in between sessions of Arkham VR, it can be done.

HTC brings Viveport to smartphones

After launching its dedicated place for VR games, apps and experiences, HTC has launched Viveport M for Android phones. It's essentially a hub where you can access apps and 360-degree content that will work with or without a headset. It's only available in China for now, but there's plans for a global rollout so everyone can get in on the action.

Play this: Eagle Flight

Star Trek: Bridge Crew might be delayed, but Ubisoft's first big VR outing, Eagle Flight, has landed on time. Available on the Rift this week (PSVR on November 8 and Vive on December 20), the bird simulator sees you take to the skies in Paris in the future.

Read this: What's next for Ubisoft's VR experiences

You can take your pick from either the story mode where you need to complete small missions or multiplayer mode where you can play with up to five other players in a "capture the prey" mode.

You can buy Eagle Flight for Oculus Rift for $40. Check out our pick of the best Oculus Rift games to try out first.

Watch this: Planet of the Couches

To mark the airing of the 600th episode of The Simpsons, Groening, Brooks and company have given its iconic couch intro the VR treatment. You'll need to download the Google Spotlight Series app (iOS and Android) to your phone before donning your Google Cardboard-friendly VR headset to enjoy the multiple scenes with plenty of gags. We've tried it, and it's brilliant.


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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1 Comment

  • samkd says:

    VR industry must bring content and supported games faster as much as possible. It will impact directly on the VR device sales. Still, millions of VR headsets have already sold from various channels and hope future is extremely virtual and entertaining than real. Developers, where are you guys? Mathew, Choozurmobile

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