Field of view: The week in virtual reality

Your weekly roundup of all things virtual reality

It's another week of virtual reality and while it was a big news filled week during IFA, things are a little slower this time around.

But there's always something going on with VR. We've gone hands on with the Alcatel Vision and we were impressed during our brief demo - it just needs a lot more games and content to make the high cost worth it. We also tried to see if VR could cure our fear of flying but to find out you'll have to read about the whole experience.

We also spent more time searching and updating the best iPhone VR headsets and upcoming PlayStation VR games you have to check out. Finally, Wareable's first annual awards show is happening in October and we'll definitely be including winners for best VR headset and best VR experience.

Check out the rest of the biggest VR news you may have missed this week.

Read this: VR news blips and tidbits

Short film Henry wins big

Oculus Story Studio's short film about the cute hedgehog looking for friends has won its first Emmy for 'Outstanding Original Interactive Program.' It's not the first time a VR short has won an Emmy, and it certainly won't be the last given the attention VR studios are receiving. Dear Angelica is the next foray into short films for Oculus.

PS VR will come with a demo disc

October is nearly here meaning PlayStation VR is too. While it's already launching with Playroom, it's been revealed that a demo disc containing eight games will also be bundled. Games include a few we've seen before like Battlezone and EVE: Valkyrie but also Driveclub VR, PlayStation VR Worlds, RIGS Mechanized Combat League, Tumble VR, Wayward Sky and Headmaster.

Palmer Luckey dismissive of Oculus Rift sales declining

Reports have been circulating about Steam's monthly hardware and software survey signifying a decreasing interest in Rift headsets. That didn't sit too well with Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey, who took to Twitter to say, "So much clickbait about Rift/VR sales "flatlining" or "crashing" based on the Steam user hardware survey. Not how the data works, guys." After commenting on how "trolling journos" are just in it for the headlines, he made valid points on how only a few Steam users actually take the survey. You can say he's mostly peeved about the Rift remarks, but Luckey is also in the right considering the survey is optional and only collecting data from the summer which is typically a lull in game development releases. It may show a trend on what people have bought so far, but is hardly indicative of the whole industry.

It'll be awhile before we see Nintendo VR

While Nintendo has no qualms partnering up with Apple in debuting its Super Mario Run as its first smartphone game, or letting Niantic put Pokémon Go on the Apple Watch Series 2, VR is still not on the horizon. Speaking with USA Today, Super Mario Bros. creator Shigeru Miyamoto explains why:

"I would agree that adapting Mario to new platforms is a key to keeping him relevant. But we want families to play together, and virtual reality (which requires players to be closed off from the real world) doesn't really fit well there. We also like people playing for a long time, and it's hard to do that in VR."

Play this: Quanero VR

Looking for a short experience? Want to try your hand at being a detective without waiting for Batman: Arkahm VR? Then Quanero VR may be the game for you. Strap on an HTC Vive for this free Steam game and try to figure out what the heck happened in a futuristic bar. Manipulate time by slowing it down, reversing it or stopping it altogether to solve the mystery.

Watch this: Magnetique

Not exactly a VR video again this week, but it's still just as cool. Magnetique is a 360-degree comic book that you can read - and ogle at - in the Samsung Gear 360. Company Oniride claims its the first VR comic book, and seeing that it's a native experience - not ported through - it's an interesting experiment. Little is told about the story to avoid spoilers but so far, Magnetique tells the tale of Nero, a young puppeteer on a trip to the fictional coast of Cyan. You can download it now and read the first issue for free.

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