If you are a college basketball fan, this weekend and the next are huge. The Sweet 16 teams are playing in the 2017 NCAA basketball tournament, otherwise known as March Madness. Now Oculus is allowing owners of the Samsung Gear VR smartphone-based headset to watch a number of those games live for the first time in virtual reality with the new NCAA March Madness Live VR app.
Starting today, you can watch both semi-final games that are being held in San Jose in VR with the app, and on March 25 you can also watch the final regional game from San Jose. Then it’s time for the Final Four games. You can watch both of those matches on April 1 in Phoenix, and finally the championship game can be viewed from the Gear VR headset and the app on April 3.
Each game will cost $1.99 to view live with a single-camera courtside view and the standard commentary from CBS Sports. You can also spend $2.99 per game, or $7.99 for all six games, to get the “gold” package. It offers multiple camera views for each game, and commentary especially for the VR audience from Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, and Lisa Byington. You can also watch key highlights from all six games in VR if you don’t want to spend any money.
The app also lets users choose their favorite team and customize their virtual locker room with their team’s colors and player jerseys. Finally, you can view a tournament bracket in the app, along with 2D highlight videos, key stats, and even a virtual shot chart. This sounds like the perfect way to experience March Madness without having to go to the court.