There’s an entirely new way to cheer on your favorite team this season. Or at least there is if you’re a Vikings fan.
The Minnesota Vikings have become the first NFL team to launch their very own VR app, Vikings VR, developed in partnership with Zeality. Now available for free on the Oculus Store, the app buries fans in 360-degree content taken from matches at the team’s U.S. Bank Stadium. Impressively, the app features footage from every home game the team has played since it moved into the venue in 2016. There’s even footage of the stadium’s construction.
While this may only be a neat bonus for fans close by, Vikings Executive Director of Digital Media and Innovation Scott Kegley reasons it’s even more important for those less able to attend live matches. “We understand only a small percentage of our large fan base is able to attend a Vikings game or event,” Kegley said in a statement. “We want to bring experiences to them, and immersive technology is allowing us to do that.”
Whilst Vikings VR is already available on the Oculus Rift and Gear VR, the team also confirmed that it will be launching on the Oculus Go standalone headset when it arrives a little later on this year. It’s one of the first apps to be confirmed for the headset. If you’re looking for more NFL VR goodness then you can also find a dedicated app for the entire league on most mobile headsets.