Field of view: Palmer Luckey donates money to HTC Vive hack

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Field of view: The week in VR

You know the drill, it's Field of view time — so get ready to catch up on everything in the VR universe you may have missed over the past seven days.

While big time announcements remain scarce in these summer months, there's still plenty of tidbits to catch up on, as well as games and videos to try out when locked into that VR headset.

Read this: Best HTC Vive games to play right now

So once you've finished looking at Sotheby's Art of VR exhibition and caught up with our chat with VR controller startup Hapto VR, check out our pick of the big VR news.

Read this: News bits and bobs

Luckey flips the bird at Oculus

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is alleged to have pledged $2,000 to support the ongoing development of Revive, an app that allows users to transfer over exclusive Oculus Rift games to the rival HTC Vive.

Yes, that's right. Luckey is funding a start up that takes games from the platform he created and ports them to its greatest rival – which incidentally is pwning Oculus in every metric going.

Details are still a little sketchy, but Revive creator Jules Blok dropped the below note onto his Patreon page thanking the VR pioneer for his support.

"As some of you suspected the sudden extreme jump in the pledge amount is indeed by Palmer Luckey. I'd like to thank him for his pledge and everything he has done for the VR community as a whole," he said.

Of course, Luckey is no stranger to donations, with his financial support for a pro-Trump group essentially leading to his exile from Facebook/Oculus earlier this year. He's also set to pay a $50 million contribution of his former company's recent $500 million Zenimax court bill.

Watch the Gold Cup in VR

Thanks to folks over at Fox, the VR suite, which was rolled out during Super Bowl 51 will now be given a makeover for the CONCACAF Gold Cup football tournament. The platform will be available for when the games begin on 8 July, as the USA take on Panama, and will also be available for two more games in the tournament.

Field of view: Palmer Luckey donates money to HTC Vive hack

HTC Vive heads to the Tate Modern

Vive has revealed a partnership with Tate on the upcoming Modigliani exhibition, which will be open to the public from 23 November and run until 2 April next year. The move will result in an experience, which recreates elements of early twentieth century Paris and takes users inside archived material in order to bring elements of the exhibition into the virtual realm.

Pornhub ups its VR game

Looking to boost how users interact with its platform, Pornhub has revealed the launch of a new interactive category that syncs up videos with a range of smart sex toys.

This enables devices to simulate the content through pulses, while this will also be merged with its VR section (which receives a staggering 500,000 views per day) to create one big, mildly depressing amalgamation of tech and sex. Cancel your weekend plans.

Skyrim gets Vive confirmation

After acting as one of E3's biggest surprises earlier this month, Skyrim VR was only initially confirmed for PlayStation VR. However, developer Bethesda announced this week that those rocking a HTC Vive will get the game at some point in 2018. And while this likely means a full SteamVR release, none of Bethesda's games officially support Oculus Rift due to its parent company, Zenimax, being embroiled in legal drama.

Try this: Spider-Man Homecoming VR

Ahead of the upcoming movie of the same name, a free VR experience has been released for PSVR, Rift and Vive users that will let you (finally) feel like Spidey. In the game, you'll be donning the standard suit and spend your time spinning around the universe and fighting baddies with mad webs - what more could you want?

Watch this: Eagle eyes

While there are plenty of VR experiences out there that can let you experience another world, it's always worth taking the opportunity to gain the viewpoint of a different species.

Through this quick New York Times 360-degree peek into the training of golden eagles, you can finally get that eagle eye view. Enjoy.




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