Field of View: HTC's next VR headset could be the Vive Cosmos

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Welcome back to another edition of Field of View, our weekly roundup of the hottest news in VR and AR.

With the Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness now over, it's back to business as usual. The news this week? Microsoft HoloLens will be used by the US Army in live combat and training, which might be the most interesting application of the AR headset yet.

For everything else that's gone down this week, read on...

Read this: News blips and tidbits

HTC files Vive Cosmos trademark

We were a little surprised that HTC decided to launch the Vive Focus, its standalone headset, as an enterprise product. While it's probably a savvier move for the Taiwanese company if it wants to, you know, make money, it does seem to leave an open goal for Facebook.

Or does it? Dutch site Mobielkopen (via Venturebeat) has spotted a new HTC trademark for a 'Vive Focus'. There aren't many specifics, but the description mentions a "head mounted display for computer simulated reality" and describes the use of controllers. Could it be a follow-up to the Vive Pro? Possibly, but if we were to put money on it, a standalone, consumer-focused headset would be our bet - something to rival the Oculus Go. At the launch of the Vive Focus in San Francisco, the company showed off a version of the system that uses 6DoF (degrees of freedom) tracking, making it slightly superior to the 3DoF enterprise model. Could this turn into the consumer system?

Game over for StarVR?

In less good news, it might be end times for StarVR, the VR partnership between Acer and Starbreeze. The company disappeared from the the Taipei stock exchange earlier this month, and now Digitimes reports that Acer has given StarVR three months to turn a profit - or it'll sell. Starbreeze says that it will decide next month if StarVR should cease as a public company.

The USP of the StarVR headsets has been their ultrawide field of view. The latest version, the StarVR One has dual 1,830 × 1,464 AMOLED displays and a 210-degree horizontal FOV. The headsets have been showing up in Imax VR centers and VR theme parks due to their superior visual quality and wide field of view, but it looks like that hasn't been enough to make it a success.

Virtual Desktop comes to Oculus Go and Gear VR

The Virtual Desktop app, which hit the Oculus Rift in 2016, is coming to the Oculus Go, Gear VR and - next year - the Oculus Quest. The app lets you view and control your PC desktop in your headset. The app uses Windows' native touch keyboard for input, and although you can use your Oculus controller, you can also pair a mouse or keyboard via Bluetooth. The app is available now.

Play this: Titanic VR

This week saw the launch of Titanic VR, a new immersive experience for the Playstation VR. The experience, created by Immersive Education VR (Apollo 11 VR), you assume the role of Dr. Ethan Lynch, Associate Professor of Maritime Archaeology at the fictional University of Nova Scotia, as you dive the wreck of the Titanic to unravel a series of unsolved mysteries. Check out the trailer above.

Try this: Chained: A Victorian Nightmare

Field of View: HTC's next VR headset could be the Vive Cosmos

Dickens' A Christmas Carol has had its fair share of adaptations, but never one like this. Chained: A Victorian Nightmare is a location-based horror version of the classic tale, which weds VR with live theater. Participants are led into a Victorian house where they'll don a headset and travel through their past, present and future, while actors in motion capture suits interact with them in the VR world. Sadly you'll have to go to the GreatCo studio in LA to take part in the experience, which runs until 6 January.


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