It would seem that the BBC is gearing up to bring this year’s FIFA World Cup to VR. Thats right, starting June 14th, you can pop on your HMD and watch the football event of the year from your own private booth. All you need is a supported headset and the “BBC Sport VR – FIFA World Cup Russia 2018” app.
What a horrible name for an app, but the idea behind it is definitely cool. The app will place you in the BBC Sports Box where you can relax and watch the game from a virtual couch. I know what your thinking, you can already do that on your TV and real couch. However, this VR sports experience is set to offer much more.
Unlike the TV broadcast, all 33 matches will be showing in the VR app. Between matches, users can enjoy highlights and other on-demand content that the BBC is planning to offer. During a match, you can enjoy a great view of the pitch from your skybox seat, or switch between cameras located behind each goal. You will even have the option to bring up live match statistics from a virtual coffee table.
Regardless of your stance on football, this is definitely worth checking out. It could very well be the event that kicks off more interest in broadcasting to VR. No official date has been announced for the apps release, but we do know what HMDs will be supported. Android, Gear VR, Oculus Go, and PSVR are all able to use this free app to get in on the action, starting June 14th.