Watching sports in virtual reality

Virtual Reality Puts Sports Fans in the Game

The NHL, NASCAR, MLB and NBA are investigating new technologies to create an even better viewing experience. Virtual reality is often thought of as the domain of couch-bound video game fans, but its more promising applications could transform the way people watch sports. During the virtual reality live-stream of last month’s US Open golf tournament, for instance, viewers could see the game from directly behind Jordan Spieth as he teed off. Participants were so close that the head of his driver swung inches before their virtual noses. Virtual reality has the ability to put sports fans in the middle of the action, but it also gives them unprecedented control over how they see the game. What the general public has come to expect from virtual reality is immersion — the sensation of being in an exciting far-away place while sitting in a recliner at home. ….[READ]

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