Article Lead Image

Photo via NFL/Youtube

Virtual reality is coming to Super Bowl LI

Strap in!


Phillip Tracy


Posted on Jan 31, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 2:30 am CDT

Want to go to Super Bowl LI, but don’t want to shell out $2,000 for the nosebleeds? Fox will be offering the next best thing—near real-time virtual reality highlights.

Fox Sports and production company LiveLike VR are teaming up to broadcast 20 of the “most exciting” highlights from this year’s Super Bowl in 360 degrees. The clips can be viewed using Gear VR or cardboard headsets with the Fox Sports VR application (cable subscription required). You can also view the 360-degree video with just your phone if you haven’t bought into the technology yet.

Fox and LiveLike worked together to show the 2016 MLS Cup final in virtual reality. That live broadcast allowed users to switch between five camera angles, have access to rosters and live stats, and rewind the game in 30-second increments.

The Super Bowl stream will not be nearly as comprehensive, showing only four highlights per quarter and throughout the pre- and postgame shows. This was done intentionally, so people can enjoy the Super Bowl parties without wearing a headset the entire time, LiveLike tells the Daily Dot.

This will be the first time folks from home can view the Super Bowl through a virtual reality headset. Hopefully it can provide an in-stadium feeling without the awful empty-pocket feeling to go along with it. 

H/T Engadget

Share this article
*First Published: Jan 31, 2017, 2:12 pm CST