At the very end of 2019, we are still running home every Sunday afternoon to gather in front of the TV and watch the game. We thought that, by now, technology would be so advanced that, instead of television broadcasting, people could teleport right to the stadium. It seems like it’s going to take a while to be able to do that, but for now, we got pretty great full HD, 5G Internet and, for real fans, things like VR technology.
VR Technology and Sports
Virtual Reality seems to have found its perfect match with sports such as soccer and basketball. It is still taking baby steps, but many major sports organizations are already showing great interest. Why? There is a huge potential for a whole new way to enjoy sports, but also to gain profit, which would be more interesting to a younger audience. VR gives a sense of presence and live transmission that no single screen could do.
BT Sport, BBC, or Fox have already tried to provide such a service to their users. It included the VR experience of watching Europe’s most significant soccer event, the Champions League, or the last Mundial in Moscow.
How Is the VR Soccer Match Experienced?
In order to get into virtual reality, you need to connect your headset. Once installed, you get into the real-time transmission and feel like you’re at the place. The observer receives an authentic picture and hears a realistic sound. For such an experience, the program uses millions of generated information about a team, a stadium, statistics, as well as photos of soccer players and sports arenas.
For more excitement, a user can choose a standing position. They can be at one of the seating levels, but more interestingly, they can select a unique virtual tour and observe the game from the grass. For real soccer fans, we believe this is an incredible thrill.
Could VR Replace Live Broadcasting?
Many companies are working to develop and implement new technology in the world of entertainment and sports. Likewise, sports organizations, as well as global services that are covering most of the world’s broadcasts at sports events, have found themselves at the center of the VR developing over the past few years.
Virtual Reality and Beyond
When it comes to new technologies in the world of sports, it is not all about entertainment. VR has proven to be an excellent method of training for the best soccer clubs. It provides more realistic statistics, a more precise strategy and, above all, presents players with great insights into the opportunities they have on the field. In particular, the VR headset is the real gold for injured players who will not miss out on crucial days of training.
Nowadays, VR is not mainstream, but it could become. Once widely accepted by the audience, technology will strive to move on. Then, we can expect that interaction with our favorite sport can get another dimension, by using Augmented Reality (AR) and 3D holograms. This technology will lead a soccer game into our living room.