Field of view: Lego just turned play time up to 11 with its new ARKit app

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Field of view: The week in VR & AR

Happy first of December and welcome one and all to Field of View. Want to find out exactly what went down in the world of VR and AR? Well, you've come to the right place.

Before we get into it on the news, this week we heard that VR headset sales hit 1 million, with Sony's PlayStation VR leading the way. We also took a look at the exciting new startups that will be joining HTC's Vive X accelerator program and found out about Mad Gaze and its Vader AR headset, which is our crowfunding campaign pick of the week. Plus, we've picked the Oculus Rift games we love playing right now.

Read this: Top VR games to play in 2017

And we're not done. We've picked out the best of the rest of the news as well as a game you need to play and a vid that'll get you grabbing for your headset. So what are you waiting for?

Read this: News blips and tidbits

Lego AR-Studio brings the dragons

Apple ARKit apps are coming thick and fast and now Lego is getting in on the action to bring some AR magic to its physical play sets. The Lego AR-Studio iOS app lets you hover your smartphone over Lego City and Ninjago sets to add a host of virtual elements like trains, firetrucks dousing flames and fire-breathing dragons.

You'll also be able to use your phone's camera to record the action. The app is free but you will of course have to pay for the Lego sets to make the magic happen. Play time just got a serious upgrade.

The BBC's first big VR production unveiled

The BBC has launched a VR division dedicated to making immersive programs and first off the production line is Home — A VR Spacewalk, which explores a spacewalk from the International Space Station.

The film focuses on NASA and the European Space Agency's training programs taking viewers through a repair job on the International Space Station. It's available now for free for the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift - download it via the Steam Store and the Oculus Store. And check the video above to get a feel of what to expect from VR experience.

Getting a taste of the Winter Olympics

Field of view: Lego just turned play time up to 11 with its new ARKit app

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea is only a few months away and a new virtual reality experience center will let visitors get a feel of what it's like to hurtle down a ski slope at high speed or ride inside of bobsled feeling all the twists and turns. The ICT Virtual Reality Experience Center is going to be open until March, so if you're planning to make the trip, this is probably worth checking out too.

Elf Yourself gets the AR treatment

Yes, you can Elf yourself and with new AR support for the iOS app, which let's Santa's little helpers rock out on the screen of your phone while your festive friends and family dance alongside of them. You can get your dancing elf on now with the app, which is available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Play this: Desert Bus VR

Field of view: Lego just turned play time up to 11 with its new ARKit app

Retro gaming fans or anyone old enough to have owned a Sega CD circa 1998 may will remember this game created by Penn and Teller, which is all about driving a bus between Tucson and Las Vegas. For 8 hours in real time. That's really all there is to it.

For the VR version, new features like the ability to change radio stations, honking the horn and flicking the air freshener should make that long journey, well, a little less boring. If you want to take the bus for a spin, it's free to play and available from Steam for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive owners.

Watch this: Mars 2117

We are going to finish things off with this little beaut of a 360-degree video that showcases a city the UAE wants to develop, which it says will be the first inhabitable human settlement on Mars. Grab your VR headset, hit the play button and enjoy this futuristic romp around the Martian City.


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