Catch up on the latest and greatest happenings in alternate realities.
Welcome to your latest instalment of Field of view, our weekly roundup of all the big news coming out of the VR and AR space.
It's a week where Apple outlined its future with ARKit 3, which was unveiled at WWDC alongside watchOS 6 and a new collection of new Watch bands. We've saved up some more immersive tidbits to delve into, too, along with some experiences to don your headset for and whisk you way from the real world.
Remember, you can check out the rest of this week's big stories over in our comprehensive news section.
Apple ARKit 3 won't be for everyone
Apple unveiled the next iteration of its ARKit development platform this week, which brings some pretty exciting features. Like support for real-time body tracking (motion capture) and something called People Occlusion, where AR content will now pass in front and behind of real people in a virtual space.
If you want to take advantage of the latest ARKit 3 innovations, though, it seems you will have to have a device powered by Apple's new A12 Bionic processor to make use of any experiences that utilise the new tech. That means the likes of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and 2018 iPad Pro (11 and 12.9-inch) will play nice, but that does leave behind devices like the 5th generation iPad and iPhone 6S.
Minecraft Earth gameplay shown off at WWDC
Staying with all things ARKit3, Microsoft unveiled its new Minecraft augmented reality game, which will be free-to-play on Android smartphones and iOS devices. But it looks like iOS players will get a richer Minecraft experience using some of the new tech introduced with Apple's AR platform. The new People Occlusion means gamers will be able to walk in front of blocks as you get creating. You can see a demo of it in action below.
Oculus Quest library on course to hit 100-game mark
At launch, Facebook promised that its standalone VR headset would have 50 titles available to play and it looks like that number is quickly growing.
In an Oculus blog post detailing its presence at the E3 gaming expo, it was revealed that the Quest should have 100+ titles before the end of the year. We've already played a lot of the best new Oculus Quest VR games and experiences, and it's fair to say that on the whole we've been impressed. So we are definitely looking forward to seeing what else is in store for us in 2019.
Angry Birds PSVR co-op game is coming
Yes, Angry Birds is still a thing and a new movie based on the mobile game is on the way with a new game for PlayStation VR owners landing alongside it. Angry Birds Movie 2 VR: Under Pressure involves buddying up with three other players that don't have to wear a VR headset to pilot a submarine. It looks like it'll be a mix of puzzle solving and bird slinging action and we'll find out more when it launches alongside Angry Birds Movie 2 this summer.
Avicii album to premiere on Oculus Venues
Oculus has announced that it will be world premiering the EDM musician's new album, TIM, on 6 June through its Venues app for Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR owners. Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, died in 2018 aged just 28. The 12-track album, which includes collaborations with the likes of Chris Martin and Imagine Dragons, was produced primarily between January and April 2018, and is available to view now.
Try this: Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall
Still suffering to fill that huge GoT void in your life? Well, maybe this will help. Vive and HBO have partnered up for an immersive experience based on the hit show, where Oculus Rift and Vive headset owners can put their sword-fighting skills to the test to defend The Wall. It's available now through Viveport Infinity subscription service if you want to jump back into Westeros.
Watch this: 1943 Berlin Blitz
This week marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, so the BBC is commemorating the event by launching its virtual reality film, where viewers can experience going on a bombing run with the RAF during the Berlin Blitz.
The film is being made available through BBC's VR Hub for Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR owners. It's also available on the broadcaster's YouTube channel to experience the powerful footage in 360-degree video film form. Or you can simply click on the video above and sit in the belly of that Lancaster bomber.