It’s hard to believe it’s VR’s first World Cup. Our little guy is all grown up! But will you be able to watch this year’s soccer action inside a headset? Yes, thanks to the BBC.
The organization this week announced that it will be showing 33 of the Russia 2018 matches inside a free VR 2018 World Cup app. The experience will give viewers their very own virtual hospitality box to watch matches as if they were there in person. If you tire of your comfy surroundings you’ll also be able to head down to the pitch and view the action from behind either of the two goals.
You can see a list of the games that BBC is set to show during the group stages here, though we don’t know which of the knockout games will be available in VR just yet. The tournament kicks off on June 14th and runs through to the final on Sunday, July 15th. That’s a lot of VR footie.
The app is set to launch ‘closer to the time’ on iOS and Android. It will also be coming to Gear VR, Oculus Go and PlayStation VR (PSVR). There’s bound to be other networks in other countries showing matches in VR, though we haven’t heard anything yet.
If you’d rather be playing in the world cup instead of watching it, you should also check out the upcoming update to VRFC that turns the game into Football Nation VR.