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Microsoft announces partnership with NFL to Broadcast Games in VR this Season

Microsoft announces partnership with NFL to Broadcast Games in VR this Season

Why spend hundreds of dollars on plane tickets, hotels, and front row tickets when you can watch Jameis Winston overthrowing Mike Evans, crushing your Fantasy Football hopes right in your face in the comfort of your own home? Experience the thrill of standing in the huddle while Russell Wilson scrambles around like the world’s most agile chicken behind the worst protection in the league. You’ll wonder how you ever enjoyed the NFL before you were able to stand on the sidelines with Andy Reid as he wonders, as you do, how Alex Smith became the best QB in the league.

The future of watching sports is upon us. The merging of my two loves: the tech & sports worlds is happening, and I could not be happier.

The NFL has partnered with NextVR, one of the world’s leading VR content producers, to get the action on the gridiron into your VR headset. Several games this season have been broadcast to Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream users already. Going forward, at least one game per week is scheduled to be available in VR via those platforms and through one of the 5 different brands of Microsoft’s Mixed Reality headsets.

“I truly feel that VR is the future. It’s innovative, and I couldn’t wait to be part of it,” commented Reggie Bush. “I’m excited for the fans to watch football in NextVR because they’re going to get a real in-game experience of what we go through as athletes on the field.”

2017 NFL VR Experiences:
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, October 15
Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots on Sunday, October 29
Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, November 12
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders on Sunday, November 26
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants on Sunday, December 10

“We are thrilled to be back for a second NFL season with more games in addition to the VR studio shows with Reggie Bush,” said David Cole, NextVR CEO. “NFL fans expect the best and want to be as close to the action as possible. At NextVR we continue to evolve and improve the fan experience through our technology in collaboration with NFL Films to deliver a premium virtual reality production.”

“Virtual reality provides the NFL with another platform to further enrich the game experience for our fans,” said William Deng, Director, Media Strategy and Business Development at the NFL. “We’re excited to partner with NextVR for a second year to build on the fan experience we pioneered last year.”

Microsoft plans to send Windows 10 users into a new reality starting October 17 with the deployment of its Fall Creators Update. One of the marquee additions of this update is support for a wide line of virtual reality headsets and software. Dubbed Mixed Reality, Microsoft hopes that the update ushers in a new era of VR content for users and it plans to kick off that new era with content from the NFL.