The NBA Is Shooting the All Star Game In 360 Video For Samsung Gear VR

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If you've plunked down for a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and a Gear VR headset, you'll be able to watch some rad 360 video from this weekend's NBA All-Star festivities in New York.


Highlight packages from the Three-Point Contest, Slam-Dunk Contest, and the All-Star Game itself will be available through Samsung's newly launched Milk VR app that's exclusive to its devices. The content will be 360-degree video that you can look around as if you were sitting courtside. So it's not strictly interactive VR or anything. It's more like really immersive TV.

The 360-degree highlights will be available "in the near future," though it's not clear exactly when. End-to-end production of 360 video content takes time, and it's telling that there's no specific timeline on when you might be able to actually watch the highlights. Ultimately, this effort is a far leap from watching a whole game live in real life. Still, it's another interesting example of the future of sports watching.



I have a Note 4 and plan to get a Gear VR in the nearish future. This is one of the things I do want to see more of from VR; live events like sporting events and concerts, though I'd probably find a third tier soccer game or an amateur hockey game more exciting than the NBA all-star game. I have liked some of the jaunt VR stuff I've watched on Google Cardboard.