Another week, another set of news and recommendations from the world of virtual reality. That's right, folks, welcome to Field of View, your one-stop VR shop.
This week we were recovering from the 2018 Cinequest Film and VR festival, where we got to sample how diverse VR film is getting. We also got to take an inside look at how stars like Nic Cage and John Travolta are learning to film in virtual reality.
Then there was Oculus' mess-up, which caused the world's Rift headsets to brick for a day. The company eventually sorted it out with a software update, and affected users will get some Oculus Store credit, but it still is bonkers.
That's not all that happened, of course, read on for even more VR action.
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Nickelodeon teams with IMAX on VR
Nickelodeon knows the threat that Netflix and YouTube are to its cable-based business. Kids are increasingly turning to those two platforms for entertainment, and Nick has to counter.
In fact, in speaking to Variety, Nickelodeon Group president Cyma Zarghami says its strategy is to throw out as much content out there as it can to keep kids from going elsewhere. That means adding things like AR modes to its existing mobile apps, like Sky Whale, and teaming up with IMAX for VR.
Nickelodeon SlimeZone is a six-player VR social experience where kids and family can participate together in environments inspired by Nickelodeon characters and shows. For instance, you can gather around in Spongebob's pineapple under the sea and shoot slime at each other.
The experience debuts at IMAX VR Centers in Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto now, with further debuts coming in Shanghai, Bangkok and Manchester soon.
Netflix is in wait-and-see mode for VR
Netflix was one of the first streaming services to offer VR support a couple of years ago, debuting apps for both Google Daydream and Oculus. However, since then it's let rival Hulu take up the mantle as the streaming service for 360 content. What gives?
According to Netflix chief production officer Greg Peters, the company thinks VR is more suitable for gaming than for streaming video - at least right now. It wants to sit back and see how VR evolves over the coming months and years before it jumps in and does anything.
So if you're looking for any 360 documentaries or content from Netflix, you're going to have to wait until the world of virtual reality matures a little bit more.
And, erm, a voice-controlled VR sex toy
One of the more taboo uses of VR is porn. Content creators have already started to put together 360-degree porn for you to indulge in, the next step is syncing that with sex toys to make the experience even more... immersive.
Enter the V1 (via Kotaku), a sex toy that can be controlled with your voice. Yes, it's a thing. There's no word on when the V1 will be ready for purchase, but hey, technology.
Watch this: In the Shadows
In the Shadows uses the immersive power of VR to put you in the chooses of human trafficking victims. Specifically, you'll be put into the moment where potential immigrants are coerced into submission and held against their will.
Play this: Bravo Team
Bravo Team is a co-op PSVR shooter where you and a friend are stuck in a fictional Eastern European city. Your escort mission has gone to hell and the president has been assassinated. The city is tearing itself apart and you and your buddy need to survive. It's available now on the PlayStation Store for $39.99.
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