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It's been an action packed week with IFA 2016 in Berlin - and luckily it wasn't all smartwatches and fitness trackers.

The giant tech show had some VR pieces sprinkled around the show floor and we were able to check out a few of them. Qualcomm unveiled its vision for the future of VR with the Qualcomm Snapdragon VR820 - a reference platform for headsets that don't require a smartphone.

We also finally tried out the Acer and Starbreeze headset StarVR which could overthrow the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, at least on paper.

Must read: The hottest wearable tech from IFA 2016

Then Alcatel surprised us all with its own potential Rift rival, the Alcatel Vision, a wire free HMD that packs its own visuals, engine room and yes, battery.

But that's not all from the world of VR. Read on for everything else that happened beyond Berlin.

Read this: VR news blips and tidbits

2K released its first VR title

Called Carnival VR, you'll get to explore a theme park and play up to 12 different games like Climbing Wall and Alley Ball where you'll collect tickets for prizes and top scores on the leaderboard. The title will be available worldwide as a digital download for $19.99 on 28 October on HTC Vive and PlayStation VR and later this year for Oculus Rift.

HTC dishes out investment dough for VR studio

Steel Wool Studios, a VR studio formed by veterans from Pixar, Lucasfilm and Telltale Games recently announced that it has raised $5 million all from HTC. This should help the studio release quite a few new titles in the next year. Quar: Battle for Gate 18, an action strategy title is already on Steam for the Vive and another game called Mars Odyssey will launch on 9 September.

Björk's VR exhibit is live in London

Björk has already appeared in a previous Field of View write up for her VR tour promoting her new music. Now she's at it again using VR to launch Björk Digital - a VR art show in London that uses the tech to create an interactive experience.

Screenshot of Highlands from Project Sansar

Project Sansar invites heading out

Project Sansar is a social VR platform that lets you build and share virtual CG spaces, activities and experiences. In development for about two years, the studio Linden Labs is finally sending out invitations for its Sansar Creator Preview program. Everyone else will get to see the VR world early next year.

Eyeforce promises to expand FOV

Kickstarter project EyeForce is a gigantic looking VR headset (similar to the Star VR) that claims it has a 210-degree of field of vision and 3,840-by-1,080 resolution. The company says its been developing the device before Oculus came out, and plans to release the headset to backers next April.

This startup is close to making HTC Vive wireless

Quark VR announced that its "extremely close" to showing off a prototype for a wireless Vive HMD. But Gamasutura notes that it still may need some work afterwards since the proposed solution is a device that relies on Wi-Fi to connect the PC to the headset.

Play this: Damaged Core

Damaged Core comes from the High Voltage team, the studio making the awesome VR card game Dragon Front. Core itself looks just as amazing as a first person VR shooter built for the Rift. Apparently there's a ten hours (or more) of gameplay that has you fighting robots. If the title sounds familiar, it was one of the first to be touted by Oculus during its press conference for Oculus Touch. Damaged Core is out now for $29.99 and if you get it before 6 September, you'll get beta access to Dragon Front.

Watch this: Batman: Arkham VR behind the scenes

We usually find the coolest VR video you should check out in this section, but it's a little different this week. The Batman VR game announced at E3 has been stirring up a storm and we thought you'd like to watch studio Rocksteady discuss making the game.


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