Field of View: PSVR drops to £180 in early Black Friday deal on Amazon

Your weekly roundup of the news from the immersive realms

Welcome one and all to this week's edition of Field of view, the only place to catch up with the week's VR and AR news.

On the site this week, we found out that Google Glass is still very much alive, a Huawei AR headset is in the works and we've seen pictures of what could be a Valve VR headset. Plus, all eyes are on what VR headset deals you'll be able to pick up on Black Friday next week.

Essential reading: Best PlayStation VR games to own

Along with the big VR/AR headlines, we've picked out an immersive experience to try out and a PSVR game to waste away the hours this weekend.

Read this: News blips and tidbits

PSVR drops below £200 in Black Friday deal on Amazon

Amazon has already kicked off the Black Friday action and is currently offering Sony's PlayStation VR headset for just £180 in the UK. The PSVR Starter Pack comes bundled with Astro Bot Rescue Mission and Doom VFR. If you've been holding out on buying a PSVR, this is one of the best deals out there right now.

PlayStation VR Black Friday deal:£179.99 (save £38) - Amazon

Google's thinking about building VR shoes

Google has been granted a patent for virtual reality or augmented reality footwear that will let you walk further in immersive world even when your physical space is limited. The patent describes footwear that's able to detect when you're running out of space, thereby activating a mechanism that will stop you slamming into a wall. Moving in VR without a dedicated rig is certainly a problem that needs to be addressed. Whether we'll all be donning VR shoes to solve that problem remains to be seen.

Star Wars Jedi Challenges lets you turn to the Dark Side

Lenovo and Disney have given their Star Wars AR game a new lease of life with the launch of the Dark Side Expansion. So now you can battle against Rey and Yoda in lightsaber duels. The free content expansion also brings a new Ship Battles mode that supports local multiplayer action as you command capital ships in space battles. If you've got the Lenovo Mirage AR headset, lightsaber controller and Tracking Beacon, you can download the update to your iPhone or Android phone from the relative apps stores right now.

New startups selected for Vive X Accelerator Program

HTC has been bolstering the ranks of its program that gives VR and AR startups a boost by adding 18 new startups and companies from across the world. Some of the notable new additions include Modal, a company that makes free-roaming location-based VR experiences and was co-founded by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell. Thre's also 360Stories which uses 360 degree footage to transport you to destinations around the world while Yuanji has developed a VR system that enables crime scene restoration with the aim of speeding up the trial process. You can read about all of the new companies here.

Wreck-It Ralph VR coming to Disney parks

Landing just in time for the sequel hitting cinemas, Disney, The Void and Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab have put together a VR experience that will let you run around the Wreck-It Ralph world using a VR rig. Ralph Breaks VR supports four players with tickets priced around $30. You'll be able to try it out at Void's Disneyland and Disneyworld locations and you can check out the launch trailer up top.

Try this: Age of Sail

Google's Spotlight Stories has provided us with some of the most compelling examples of storytelling in VR and Age of Sail is the latest that deserves your attention. Debuting at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year, the short VR animated film set in the 1900s tells the story of an old sailor rescuing young Lara who has fallen overboard from a luxury steamer. It's available for Vive and Rift headsets via Steam and Viveport with smartphone VR versions also available for iPhones and Android devices.

Play this: Déraciné

When the creators of PS4-exclusive Bloodborne revealed the creepy looking Déraciné (a French word that means 'uprooted') at this year's E3 gaming expo, we had very little to go on what to expect from it. Now we know it's a game that's all about creating eerie environments and that gets cranked up a notch when you don a PSVR headset to play it. It's available now for $29.99 from the PlayStation Store if you fancy being creeped out in VR.


Hot VR headset deals

Oculus Go
Oculus Go
Amazon
$199
PlayStation VR
PlayStation VR
Amazon
$258
Samsung Gear VR - 27% saving
Samsung Gear VR - 27% saving
Amazon
$94.90
Google Daydream View - save 32%
Google Daydream View - save 32%
Amazon
$51

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