Field of view: Snapchat gives Jeff Koons' artwork the AR treatment

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Field of view: The week in VR & AR

Roll up, roll up, it's Field of View time. If you love virtual reality and augmented reality as much as we do, then you're definitely in the right place to find out exactly what's happening in the world of AR and VR.

Not caught up on what happened on the site this week? Well, you've missed out on a lot. To kick things off, Sony announced this week that it's launching a new version of the PlayStation VR this year while Samsung's first Windows Mixed Reality headset was unveiled and our US editor Hugh got to try one out. Staying with all things Microsoft, the company decided to snap up social VR platform AltspaceVR and then it was over to Google later in the week to announce a new Daydream View headset.

Read this: Top VR games to play in 2017

But we're not done. We've picked out the best of the rest of the news including Snapchat's latest AR project, travelling in VR and much more. Plus we've picked out a VR game you need to play and an immersive vid you should definitely check out too. Enjoy.

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Snapchat gives Jeff Koons sculptures the AR treatment

Field of view: Snapchat gives Jeff Koons artwork the AR treatment

Snap hasn't launched a pair of AR smartglasses (yet), but it has started to play around a lot with AR. Its latest project launched this week was a collaboration with artist Jeff Koons placing virtual sculptures at landmarks across the world. So you can head to Hyde Park in London or the Sydney Opera House and see AR exhibits via your smartphone camera.

While these sculptures were created in a digital world , they did not escape some virtual vandalism after artist Sebastian Errazuriz managed to tag them creating graffitied versions of Koons' work, which you can access via his ARNYC app. No artwork is safe.

Share a bed with John Lennon (and Yoko Ono)

VR and AR production studio UNLTD has created an immersive experience based on the iconic moment when John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged a bed-in for peace in 1969. Guests staying at the redesigned Suite 1742 at The Queen Elizabeth Hotel where the the bed-in took place will be able to don a VR headset and get the point of view of John Lennon or Yoko. If you're struggling to reserve the room to check it out, the experience will also be shown at the Future of Storytelling Festival, which takes place in New York on 6-8 October.

VRnetic wants to make sharing VR/AR easier

Roland Emmerich, better known for his directorial effort on Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and Godzilla is jumping on the VR/AR bandwagon with a new company that aims to make both platforms more accessible. The first way it's going to make that happen is through VResh, a weirdly named app that will combine broadcasting and viewing features with integrated cameras and headsets to share 360-degree experiences in real-time. Emmerich has directed a video to unveil VResh, which looks, well, pretty odd. You can check it out above.

Build your Ikea home with AR

Everyone's favourite Scandinavian furniture store has finally launched its new Ikea Place app on iTunes letting iPad and iPhone owners see what an Ikea bookshelf or sofa will look like in your home or your office. You need to make sure your iOS device is updated to iOS 11 and it's free to download and try. See what our reporter Husain had to say about Ikea and its big AR plans.

Discovery and Google go globetrotting

Exploring distant places that you'd never be able to afford is a nice way for beginners to get into VR and now Google, in collaboration with Discovery, is going big on that idea. The two have produced a VR travel series exploring the rituals and traditions of cultures from across the globe. It's available to view on Google Cardboard and Daydream headsets via YouTube, DiscoveryVR.com and the Discovery VR app.

Toys R Us made an AR app

Who says going bankrupt means you can't make new things? Toys R Us this week launched Play Chaser, an augmented reality app that turns its stores into virtual playgrounds. Kids of all ages will be able to take shots at a virtual basketball hoop, check out a digital nursery and even Geoffrey the Giraffe (a virtual one), will welcome you to the store. It's currently being tested and is expected to roll out on 21 October.

Play this: Everest VR

Everest VR was one of our favourite VR games on the Vive and the Rift and now it's finally rocked up on the PlayStation VR. Yes, it's more of the same mountain climbing action that aims to give you a sense of the challenge involved in scaling Everest, minus the freezing temperatures and having to pull on your big coat. You can pick it up for $14.99 from the PlayStation Store now.

Watch this: First time in the Universe

Space and VR. It's just the perfect combo. Russian space agency Roscosmos and news outlet RT have teamed up to produce the first spacewalk recorded in 360-degree video. You can watch cosmonauts Sergey Ryazansky and Fyodor Yurchikhin perform maintenance on the International Space Station and even launch three nano-satellites. We don't think we need to say anymore.


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