The BBC is to broadcast parts of its Olympics coverage in 360-degree virtual reality (VR) via a dedicated app called BBC Sport 360.
Users of iOS and Android will be able to experience events ranging from athletics to cycling in multiple, switchable angles, while the opening and closing ceremonies will get the whole 360 experience. The app is live on the App Store and Google Play.
This is pitched as an exclusive to the Samsung Gear VR, but we're informed that it will work on a "low cost" VR headset. This means Google Cardboard, and compatible headsets, obviously.
If you don't own one of those, you can still get some of the experience by logging on to the BBC Taster website where you'll be able to manipulate and scroll through the coverage.
This will allows users to access the technology via a desktop PC without the need for a headset.
Will Saunders, editorial lead for BBC Taster, said: “This is a hugely exciting next step in our 360 and VR experiments. There’s huge potential for immersive video in sport coverage, as well as many other genres, and we want to explore that potential directly with audiences.
"That’s why we experiment out in the open, so people can tell us what works, what doesn’t and whether there’s an appetite for more. We can’t wait to hear what people think.”
It is estimated that around 100 hours of footage from the games will be made available between tomorrow and 22 August when the event draws to a close.
The project appears to be the first major push into VR by the corporation since announcing earlier this year that it will start making content for dedicated VR headsets, the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
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