If you’re interested in both football and virtual reality, this weekend has some interesting content in store for you. As long as you have either a Google Cardboard headset or a Samsung Gear VR, you can check out some of the greatest moments of Super Bowl LI in real time.
Obviously Fox Sports isn’t going to let you watch the entire Super Bowl 51 for free… it still has channel subscriptions to sell. What it will do, however, is give you the opportunity to watch highlights and snippets in your own personal ‘virtual suite’ where you can sit back, relax, and watch the game’s best moments on the big screen. This isn’t 360-degree video, but it will give you access to specialized wide-angle video, mapped to a virtual wall just like you’re watching on your own extra-large television. If you’re passionate about 360-degree video however, you can always take your phone out of the Google Cardboard or Gear VR headset and pivot your phone around to experience it.
Users will have access to 20 different specialized highlights while using the app this weekend, which they can can scrub through in a timeline format to watch exactly what they want to see. While the app actually streamed a full football game last year, it seems the network is a little more strict about the actual Super Bowl, and will be only be showing highlights in order to stay away from live-game stress.