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We're here, you're here, and it's time for Field of view - so get yourself strapped in and get ready for the latest VR and AR news, offers and recommendations.

It's been a busy seven days for the space, with verdicts of the Oculus Quest rolling in, Valve Index pre-orders going live and even more news tidbits we'll detail below.

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Want a tasty upcoming offer on Viveport and an AR gaming recommendation, too? Read on below for everything you may have missed from the past week.

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Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild get VR support

After being teased last month, VR support for Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has now officially landed on Switch.

The fresh support is enabled by the goggles included Labo VR Kit, which launched earlier in April, with the Zelda adaptation essentially changing the default camera to a third-person VR perspective. By harnessing the Switch's accelerometer, this means it's able to turn as users move their heads, though it can also be controlled manually through a the joystick.

Interestingly, Super Mario Oddysey is a little different and dedicated to the platform, with Ninty bringing specific play-throughs. It's uses a similar angle to Zelda, though it remains more fixed, with the player able to control Mario as he collects coins and musical notes in different stages.

There's three new VR-focused levels in Odyssey to enjoy, and to enable the mode on Zelda, go to the main menu, click Options > Toy-Con VR Goggles > Use VR Goggles.


Labo VR Kit sells out in US

Sticking with the Nintendo VR theme, it appears that the latest Toy-Con set is still sold across the US - as well as some parts of Europe.

Retailers such as Amazon, Target, Best Buy and Walmart are all showing the set out of stock online. Amazon, for example, indicates it won't have the $80 set in stock again until 17 May. However, the cheaper version of the collection, which comes in at $40, is returning to stock in some places earlier - so, Amazon currently pegs 5 May as the day its stocks will revive.

If you want all the accessories attached to the set, it's looking like you'll have to act fast the next time they come in stock, else you may be forced to pick up the basic edition. And you're not basic, are you?

Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit
Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit

Valve Index bundles delayed after big pre-orders

As we mentioned up top, Valve's long-awaited headset is now available to pre-order ahead of a 28 June release. However, as reported by Road to VR, mere hours after going live, the company has now sold out of all three of its main bundles - the $1,000 version including the full kit, the $750 headset and controllers bundle and the basic $500 headset package.

So, if you've missed the first wave, you'll now have to wait until 30 September for the full kit, until 31 August for the mid-tier bundle and 31 July for the headset itself.

Play this: Angry Birds hit AR

At Wareable HQ this week, we've been spending a lot of time slingshotting feathery friends inside Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs on the Oculus Quest - now, an AR equivalent of the game has launched as an Apple exclusive.

The game is only available for those with an iPhone or iPad, mimicking much of what the VR game shows; a first-person view of the pig towers and the ability to move around it for better views. The difference between the two, of course, is that the AR version will allow the background to be the real world, and merge the fortress into a table top or floor. So, go on, make those pigs fly.

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Offer of the week: Upcoming Viveport trial

Though the Valve Index and Oculus Rift S aren't yet available to buy just yet, those who are scheduled to pick the new headsets up are in store for a surprise from Viveport - providing they can pick up the offer fast enough.

The platform's $12.99 per month subscription, Viveport Infinity, will be available to sign up to in June for two free months, bringing a horde of games and experiences to users (and original Rift owners). For Rift S users, there'll be plenty of time to sign up to the trial. However, even if you're in the first wave of pre-orders for the Index, releasing on 28 June, you'll only have until 30 June to redeem the offer.


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