ESPN and Samsung team up for a VR stream of extreme sports
ESPN is among the biggest sports networks in the world, and it's always striving to push the boundaries of media and deliver a little extra to gain the edge over its competition. This time, the sports network has decided to stream the X Games – an extreme sports competition – in VR.
This is hardly the first time sports events get official VR streams. Both the NBA and the NCAA have already streamed some of its games in VR, and the PGA Tour made a single hole of The Players Championship available to watch in virtual reality.
Similar to other sports events before it, the X Games will be available only on Samsung's Gear VR platform, thanks to the partnership between ESPN and the Korean tech giant. However, not all events of the competition will make their way to the Gear VR. ESPN will stream select live events in three categories – Skateboard Vert, BMX Street, and Skateboard Street Amateurs – to users in 48 different countries. The content will be brought to fans through the Samsung VR app.
All streams will come with 360-degree view, complete with real-time graphics and feature segments directly in VR.
The X Games will take place in Minneapolis, from July 13 through July 16. For the full VR stream schedule, check out the source link below.
source: ESPN via SamMobile