Experience the 2018 Winter Olympics in VR

For most of us, getting up in the middle of the night or early in the morning to simply watch the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang live is hard enough. But what if you were able to roll out of bed, stumble to the living room, and watch your favourite Olympic events live and—effectively—in person?

Thanks to the CBC Olympic Games VR app (available for iOS and Android) you can do just that. You’ll need an iPhone or Android-powered smartphone to access CBC’s virtual reality content. If you pair your phone and the app with a compatible mobile VR headset, such as Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR, you can plunk yourself into the front row of your favourite Olympic events, enjoying 360-degree immersion.

CBC is streaming 55 hours of live virtual reality broadcasts online through the CBC Olympic Games VR app, plus on-demand highlights. Noteworthy events with VR coverage include figure skating, alpine skiing, ski jumping, ice hockey (including the men’s gold medal final game), and the closing ceremonies.

For anyone who doesn’t have a virtual reality headset or one that supports the CBC Olympic Games VR app, you can still sample the network’s VR coverage online via your laptop or PC. You won’t experience the same sense of immersion but you can control what you want to focus on, similar to moving your head while wearing a VR headset.

If taking in the action from the sidelines isn’t a big enough thrill, you can also try your virtual hand (and stomach) at the bobsled with the Bobsleigh 360 app. This spine-tingling app lets you experience the thrill of flying down and around a real bobsled run from the pilot’s seat. 

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