Intel is bringing the Winter Olympics in VR to audiences
Intel has announced a long-term partnership to bring its technologies to the Olympic Games through 2024, with the aim of giving you a chance to experience the games in full Virtual Reality. 30 events will be covered in VR, with both live and video-on-demand content made available.
This marks the first-ever live virtual reality coverage of the Olympic Winter Games, and the experience will be available in the US via the NBC Sports VR app and globally through 10 international partner Rights Holding Broadcasters. You’ll need a Samsung Electronics’ Gear VR, Google’s Daydream VR, or Oculus VR headset to catch the VR content, but games recorded in VR are also available via the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics application.
Here’s what you should experience:
- User Selectable View Points: With three to six camera locations per event, you’ll be able to customize your experience by switching between multiple vantage points during events.
- Fully Produced VR Cast: You’ll also have the option to lean back and enjoy a more immersive and fully produced VR Cast, curated to take advantage of the best view of the action, featuring graphics and picture-in-picture overlays.
- On-Demand Highlights: Post-event, on-demand 3- to 5-minute features will be available showcasing the best moments from each event.
- Real-Time Stats and Leaderboards: During live video or full event replays, you’ll be able to access real-time leaderboards and post-event results.
- Audio Integration: You’ll hear the sounds as captured at each camera location so it’s like you’re really there.
Other than catching the events live, Intel has also created a docu-series called “Experience the Moment”, that follows four competing athletes on Team Intel as they connect with their loved ones through virtual reality. More in the video below: