Field of view: PSVR sells 4.2 million units as Sony announces bevy of new VR games

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Field of view: The week in VR and AR
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Welcome back to Field of view, where we take off the VR headsets for a moment to look back at all the news that happened this week in the world of virtual and augmented reality.

This week saw Huawei reveal the Eyewear, a pair of audio-based augmented reality glasses similar to the Bose Frames. We also learned that the HTC Vive Focus Plus will release in April for an eye-watering price. Plus, we got to review the cycling-focused Everysight Raptor AR smartglasses.

But that's not all that happened this week. Read on for the latest in other realities.

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Sony announces new VR games and PSVR sales of 4.2 million units

PlayStation VR has turned into one of the big three of high-end virtual reality, and its tether to the PlayStation 4 has turned into a boon. Sony this week announced that the company has sold 4.2 million units of the VR system.

For context, two months ago Nvidia announced that there were 4 million PC VR headsets total. We unfortunately don't have exact numbers from either Oculus or HTC on how sales are, but it all the evidence points toward Sony being the king of the hill here.

Sony then unleashed hell, using its State of Play livestream to highlight 14 VR games coming to PSVR. The list of new games runs the gamut from VR versions of big games to new originals. They include heavy hitters like No Man's Sky Beyond and Everybody's Golf, which are getting VR versions. Both games, like Resident Evil VII, will allow you to play them through entirely in VR.

Five Night at Freddy's is also jumping into VR with Five Night at Freddy's: Help Wanted. It'll contain a collection of mini-games, including the classic monitor-the-security-cameras gameplay of the original.

Field of view: PSVR sells 4.2 million units as Sony announces bevy of new VR games

Magic Leap One demos hitting AT&T stores

Magic Leap's One AR headset is up for purchase, but it's only intended for developers at the moment. Only select press and celebrities have gotten the chance to try it out, but that leaves regular folks out of the loop and left reading impressions.

Until now, that is. AT&T is partnering up with Magic Leap to showcase the One Creator Edition at its flagship stores starting next week. In a savvy bit of corporate synergy: you'll be able to try out the new Game of Thrones AR experience on the One.

You'll be transported to an icy version of the show's signature capital, King's Landing, and confront a White Walker. You'll be able to check out the demo in three locations: Boston's Boylston location starting 1 April, Chicago's Michigan Avenue location starting 3 April, and San Francisco's Powell Street location starting 5 April.

You'll also be able to buy the Magic Leap One Creators Edition for $2,295 with monthly financing on AT&T's website.

Field of view: PSVR sells 4.2 million units as Sony announces bevy of new VR games

Apple patents a handheld VR room sensor

Apple is still working towards augmented reality, but its latest patent - spotted by Patently Apple - leans toward virtual reality. It has invented a handheld controller that packs in a room sensor. Imagine if Oculus' Touch controller also had inside-out tracking - that's how this new Apple invention works.

So did Apple stick some optical sensors on its new controller? Nope. Instead, it appears that Apple's VR system foregoes optical and light-based VR room sensors for ultrasonic ones. Current high-end VR sensors, like the Lighthouse sensors, shoot lasers around that are then detected by optical sensors on the headset and controllers.

Apple argues that its ultrasonic sensors work better than those light-based sensors as light-based sensors can struggle to detect glass objects or mirrors, while ultrasonic sensors have no problem.

These ultrasonic sensors are also in Apple's headset, which have them mounted on the front. The controller can be held or strapped to your arm, and can sense objects not directly in front you. It's Apple's way of achieving 360-degree room sensing without needing external sensors or cameras on the headset, which jives well with Apple's privacy-focused approach to things.

Watch this: Iron Man VR trailer

The biggest VR game announcement this week was Iron Man VR. You'll get to step into Tony Stark's iron suit to take on Ghost, a Marvel villain more recently known as the baddie in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The game is a collaboration between Sony, Marvel Games and developer Camoflouj, which means that this is in fact a PlayStation VR exclusive. The game will let you fly, fight and shoot things as Iron Man. But it's not just a collection of mini-games, it's a game with a full story. There's no release date yet, but you can expect it sometime this year.



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