Samsung Gear VR CES 2016-AA

The NCAA has announced that the Final Four and National Championship will be broadcast in live VR to owners of the Samsung Gear VR. When game time arrives, users can launch the dedicated app and transport themselves to court-side seating. More than just a virtual reality experience, this stream will intermingle elements of augmented reality by providing commentary normally available to those tuning in by television and a virtual scoreboard that keeps up with detailed stats as the game goes on.

This means you’ll be getting seating close enough to the action that you could get sweat slung on you, a privilege usually reserved only for the 1% willing to shell out big for tickets. You won’t be able to feel the sweat, alas, but you will get the dulcet tones of Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, and Tracy Wolfson narrating the game’s events as they occur. To get into the action, just grab the NCAA March Madness Live VR app from the Oculus store on your Galaxy device. Even if you don’t have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone and a Gear VR, you can still get a taste by streaming the footage live from the NCAA website.

What do you think of watching sporting events in virtual reality? With 2016 shaping up to be the year VR goes mainstream, we’re expecting to see lots more of these in the future. Is this something you’d be interested in, or do you prefer your sports in traditional media? Let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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