Intel Partners with MLB to Broadcast Weekly Games in Virtual Reality

Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, it’s hard to beat sitting in the stands of an MLB stadium and taking in the sights and sounds of game at the height of summer. From the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd, to the late-evening sun spilling over the outfield bleachers, a Major League Baseball game is an experience that’s best enjoyed in person.

Of course, not all of us live within driving distance of the nearest MLB stadium. But that’s no longer the obstacle it once was.

If you’re lucky enough to own a Samsung Gear VR headset you might want to download the Intel True VR app to your Samsung smartphone. Throughout the rest of June, Intel is partnering with MLB to broadcast one game each in week in immersive virtual reality.

The first broadcast aired on June 6th and subsequent broadcasts are scheduled for June 13th (Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants), June 20th (Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners), and June 27 (St. Louis Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks).

Once tuned in, viewers can essentially hop around the ballpark and take in different views of the on-field action by choosing between a selection of 360-degree camera angles. Camera locations include home plate, first base, second base, third base, centre field, and near centre field. Viewers also have the option of viewing on-demand stats in real time while they watch the game.

Or viewers can opt to watch a fully produced “VR-cast”, complete with local play-by-play an audio pulled directly from the stadium. With a 3-year partnership in place with MLB, Intel has promised the VR-casts will evolve and improve over time as more viewers tune in and offer feedback.

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