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Microsoft + The NFL = VR + Football

ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 14,604 Valuable Player
edited October 2017 in General
It wasn't too long ago that the idea of merging VR with a sport like Football was ridiculed by some. I noticed its first inception as part of a plot in the HBO original series, Ballers (season 2). Sometimes it feels painfully apparent when something is going to happen for reals irregardless of naysayer protests. And now, it has arrived!

It seems Microsoft's role in all of this will be centered around their ability to function as a platform provider ala Windows Mixed Reality:

Microsoft announces partnership with NFL to Broadcast Games in VR this Season

The NFL has partnered with NextVR, one of the world’s leading VR content producers, to get the action on the gridiron into your VR headset. Several games this season have been broadcast to Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream users already. Going forward, at least one game per week is scheduled to be available in VR via those platforms and through one of the 5 different brands of Microsoft’s Mixed Reality headsets.

http://360vrcommunity.com/2017/10/09/microsoft-announces-partnership-with-nfl-to-broadcast-games-in-360vr-this-season/
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  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 14,604 Valuable Player
    Also, current schedule for those interested. I plan to attend at least one:

    2017 NFL VR Experiences:
    Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, October 15
    Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots on Sunday, October 29
    Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, November 12
    Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders on Sunday, November 26
    Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants on Sunday, December 10



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  • MradrMradr Posts: 3,535 Valuable Player
    edited October 2017
    Pfff no kansas city chiefs? Lammmmeeeee going 5 - 0 baby:))
  • cybernettrcybernettr Posts: 933
    3Jane
    NFL attendance is way down due to the unnecessary controversy kicked up by some of the rabble-rousing players. If things keep going at the current rate, VR  will be the only NFL that's left!  :D
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,113 Valuable Player
    This isn't Football. This is American Football, you crazy fool. :o
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  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 14,604 Valuable Player
    I love all of these responses.
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  • JeremyC85JeremyC85 Posts: 266
    Nexus 6
    soo.. can we watch NFL on the rift or not?? 
  • SkScotcheggSkScotchegg Posts: 1,238
    Wintermute
    I really hope in the future all sports are broadcast in VR. Surely they would make a lot of money. 

    My personally Sport is MMA. I watch UFC every week and I would love to watch UFC live using my Rift in VR.

    Lets say the ticket price was £10 or £20 for a big UFC event, I would be more then happy to play. Imagine you had options to change the camera view using your Oculus remote. I could sit comfortably on my sofa and then switch to inside the Octogon and then outside the cage as if I'm sat ring side. 

    That would be an amazing experience. And obviously for football fans, rugby fans, basketball fans etc etc they would surely love this experience too.
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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,113 Valuable Player
    We're not too far away from having major sports events broadcast in VR as standard, I reckon we'll see it in 5-10 years.
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  • zbosonzboson Posts: 994 Poster of the Week
    edited October 2017
    It's not football. It's American handball. There is very little action of the ball with the foot.  This reminds me of one of my favorite shirts I wear in Europe which most Europeans don't get but occasional I get some laughs.


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