Samsung Gear VR owners will be able to watch the Olympics in VR


For the first time ever, coverage of this year’s Olympics will be available in VR. Just one (huge) caveat: you need to own Samsung’s Gear VR and a compatible smartphone. If you do, then you’re all set to dive into around 85 hours of programming which will be available in VR. This will be made available by NBC in the United States, “on delay during the games”.

If you’re wondering exactly what you’ll be able to watch, well, here’s what’s included in the VR broadcasts: the opening and closing ceremonies, men’s basketball, gymnastics, track-and-field events, beach volleyball, boxing, diving, and fencing. VR highlight packages for these sports will be available too.

To watch any of this, you need the NBC Sports app installed on the Samsung smartphone that you’re going to use with the Gear VR. The Olympics take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to August 21.



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