The 2018 Winter Olympics In Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is definitely one of the most exciting areas in technology today. And with each passing year it seems as though this emerging technology becomes bigger and better, reaching new audiences in the process. What started off as a technology focusing mainly on gamers has quickly spread to many other industries as well. For instance, the sports industry has been experimenting with VR for the past few years. Major sporting events in particular seem to be an effective way to test these new technologies—and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang is no exception.

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Virtual Reality At The Olympics

This year’s Olympics in Pyeongchang isn’t the first to stream content in virtual reality. The 2016 Rio Olympics was the first to widely broadcast the games on the VR platform. However, the only way to watch it in VR was on a Gear VR headset (with compatible Samsung Galaxy phone). The VR broadcast itself was also delayed by a full day, so you couldn’t watch any of the events live. The 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics will greatly enhance the VR experience by broadcasting in real-time and on several other devices.

Spectating the many exciting events isn’t the only way virtual reality is being used at this year’s winter Olympics. The U.S. Ski team has been utilizing VR to train for the unique courses they will be competing on in South Korea. Notable VR trainee’s include Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, and Laurenne Ross, who’s been using VR as a way to recover from a devastating knee injury she sustained last year at the U.S. Championships.

Virtual Reality Headsets—The Required Hardware

The 2018 Winter Olympics In Virtual Reality

Watching the Olympics in virtual reality is the best way to enjoy your favorite events.

In order to watch the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in virtual reality, you will need one of the following devices:

  • Google Daydream
  • Oculus Rift
  • Gear VR
  • Windows Mixed Reality
  • Google Cardboard

Many of these devices require a dedicated smartphone to watch anything in virtual reality. Luckily, most major Android manufacturers have a device that is compatible with some VR headset. For example, just about all recent Samsung devices will be compatible with the Oculus Rift or the Gear VR. However, the Windows Mixed Reality headset is actually a dedicated virtual reality device that doesn’t require the aid of a smartphone. While it’s the most expensive, it could be your best option if you don’t have a compatible phone for any of the other VR headsets.

Even if you don’t have a VR headset, you could still download the NBC Sports VR app and watch the Olympics from a 360 degree perspective. With this app you can easily change your viewing perspective by simply turning with your phone out in front of you. It’s not the same as VR but it may be the next best thing.

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