ESPN’s X Games will stream selected live events in VR for the first time ever in a collaboration with Samsung Electronics for the X Games Minneapolis next week.

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ESPN’s X Games Events in Virtual Reality

ESPN partnered with Samsung Electronics to deliver selected live events in Virtual Reality to fans at the inaugural X Games Minneapolis, from July 13th to July 16th. There will be three different sports disciplines that will be streamed in VR: Skateboard Street Amateurs, BMX Street, and Skateboard Vert. They will be streamed to 48 countries through the Samsung VR App for anyone who has a Samsung Gear VR headset.

amed to 48 countries through the Samsung VR App for anyone who has a Samsung Gear VR headset.

All three X Games events will be shot with 360-degree high-tech cameras in order to create a smooth, multi-camera live stream VR experience that includes X Games talent, real-time graphics, and feature segments integrated into the Samsung Gear VR.

Samsung and ESPN work along with Digital Domain, a renowned VR production studio, to allow fans experience the X Games like they have never been able to before, providing privileged views of every event.

“X Games has always been a laboratory for innovation and progression, both for the world’s top action sports athletes and for ESPN’s production of events and use of technology,” said Tim Reed, vice president, ESPN X Games. “We are always pushing to create new and better ways for fans to experience and interact with X Games. Working with Samsung to produce these three great events for Gear VR is an awesome example of that.”

The Skateboard Vert and BMX Street events will also be made in 2D for ESPN’s global television audience, its international partners, and ABC highlights.

Source: ESPN

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