Did you ever have aspirations of being a professional sports player as a kid? I know I didn’t, although I’m sure many have, because they weren’t nerdy kids taking apart their computers. But I digress. Coming along with big sports is often the abundance of big money, and just as often often a big house. Big everything. Why else do you think EA Sports used to use “BIG” as their slogan. Anyways, I’m getting way off topic.
Fox Sports has just released a new app for your good old Google cardboard headset that lets you live BIG. Of course, the purpose of the application is still watching sports, but now you can do that in a mansion! How cool is that?! Now only if you had someone to share your giant place with.. I’m sure that will come in a later update. Or just get a Vive.. or Rift.
Within the app, viewers will have the ability to choose from a variety of different houses as well as varying arrays of big screen televisions. If you just want to relax and watch the game on your virtual couch and a SINGLE virtual TV, you can do that, but the app also offers the option of watching on a gigantic 6 screen array. And if televisions are too mainstream for you, there is also an option to look down on the game as if your house was at the top of the bleachers in the stadium. Why would you want to do that? I have no idea, but hey, at least you have the option.
The app allows users to move around their house to get “different functionality” from their virtual world. From the screenshots, it also seems that the posters on the walls will change depending on what teams you are currently watching. They really went all out with this application.
If a live game isn’t on, you can always watch a recording, meaning you can chill out in your VR suite any time you please. To emulate this, just grab some comfy pillows, sit back, relax, and pretend you won a Super Bowl or two. It couldn’t be that hard anyways, right?
Since DotA 2 got a virtual viewing experience, I suppose its time mainstream sports got the treatment as well. Hopefully we will see even more sports adopt this in the future. If the NFL and NBA are doing it, it can’t be long until pro Badminton gets some VR birdies flying past your face.
Get on that, developers!
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