If anyone was doubting that 2016 would be the year of virtual reality, then maybe this news will do the trick. We knew that NBC was considering broadcasting parts of the Rio Olympic games this year in a virtual reality format, but now it appears as if they are taking this VR thing quite seriously. NBC has just announced that at least 85 hours of Olympic coverage will be available in a virtual reality format for those with a Samsung Gear VR headset.
Via a special section of the NBC Sports application for Samsung Gear VR, both the opening and closing ceremonies along with men’s basketball, gymnastics, track and field, beach volleyball, diving, boxing, and fencing events will be viewable in virtual reality. While the content will be released on a slight delay, NBC will be airing it from August 6th until August 22nd. To view the special VR content, you will need to have a Gear VR headset along with a cable subscription which includes the normal NBC channel.
This is certainly big news for NBC, Samsung and the VR community in general, as the Olympic games will be able to be viewed in an entirely new light for the first time, Zika mosquitoes and all. As for accessing this content on other devices such as Google Cardboard, the Oculus Rift, or HTC Vive, it appears as if only Gear VR users will have this privilege unfortunately.