National Basketball Association to broadcast every game in the upcoming season in VR

NBA will broadcast every game in VR this season

NBA will broadcast every game in VR this season

It raced ahead of the competition past year by streaming weekly live games in VR.

"By committing to a schedule of VR games, we've been able to listen to fan feedback in real-time and deploy improvements on a weekly basis", said Jeff Marsilio, NBA Vice President, Global Media Distribution.

The full lineup of live VR events begins with a free preview on October 21 with a game between the Dallas Mavericks at the Houston Rockets. These games will include live volumetric telestration, live infographics and stats inserted into the virtual screen. "The fan response has been overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to seeing their reaction to this year's new VR capabilities".

Furthermore, the NextVR Screening Room will enable subscribers to watch any NBA League Pass game on a virtual cinema-sized screen.

These games aren't actually broadcast productions in virtual reality, but fans can watch the games on a virtual movie theater-sized screen and immerse themselves in a 360-degree VR environment while selecting up to 13 National Basketball Association games to livestream on the screen. This feature, as well as the 27 live games, will also be available to worldwide League Pass subscribers. A new point-of-view feature will also give you more control over the proceedings during the 27 live games (much like what Fox offered as part of its Super Bowl 51 VR suite).

The stream is powered by NextVR, and is available via their app on Samsung's GearVR platform or Google Daydream - they're also introducing support for Microsoft's Windows Mixed-Reality headsets this season, but still no word on when you'll be able to watch on Oculus Rift.

If you don't want to fork out $200 on a League Pass subscription just to watch in VR, you can pay $7 for the game you wish to stream, courtesy of the NBA's on-demand service.