Watching the World Cup Finals in Virtual Reality
With the tournament reaching the semi-final stage, the 2018 FIFA World Cup is currently at a fever pitch and it has lived to the hype. If you can’t make it to Russia in time for the next big matches, you can still get a realistic World Cup experience from Russia through virtual reality. There aren’t many games left but the remaining games pack quite a punch. Some of the best teams on the planet will battle it out to lift the FIFA World Cup Trophy and for the first time, we might have a new winner outside the traditional bigwigs who have lifted the trophy multiple times in the past.
If you are a soccer fanatic looking for something as close to the real deal as possible, you can stream the remaining matches in virtual reality. Try out the below options and get ready to be amazed with the immersive experience and to cheer louder than before:-
Download the BBC Sport VR 2018 FIFA World Cup app
This BBC Sport World Cup VR app delivers high quality virtual reality footage from the perspective of the stadium audience so the experience is quite realistic. It gives you the feeling of being actually part of the crowd while sitting from the comfort of your couch thousands of miles away.
The app is available across multiple platforms including iOS devices, Android, Gear VR, PlayStation VR and Oculus and the best part is that it is free and gives you access to all the World Cup games. The flipside is that the VR experience is available on a first-come first-served basis so only a specified limited number of people can use the app simultaneously. You might not be one of them.
The other limitation is geographic. The VR World Cup app can only be used within the UK. If you are based outside the UK and are trying to download or launch the app, you will get a regional error.
The BBC Sport VR 2018 FIFA World Cup app is also not Daydream compatible. However, when launching the app, you can specify that you are using a Cardboard viewer and then proceed to use a Daydream headset anyway but you won’t have the controller function when trying to use it with a Daydream headset.
Oculus Venues is also showcasing the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches in virtual reality. However, unlike the BBC Sport VR platform, it won’t be streaming all the matches. With Oculus Venues, you can watch the World Cup matches with other platform users who will be watching the matches in the “Venues”. The app also provides a solo viewing mode so if you want to watch it all by yourself, you can select this option. The app works on both Gear VR and Oculus Go and is 100% free.
Watch Livestream on Youtube VR
The Youtube World Cup livestream does not offer 360-degree functionality but you can still use a headset to get a VR experience via the Youtube app. It makes for very comfortable viewing especially if you want to simply lie on the couch or bed and watch the World Cup.
With the Youtube livestream, you don’t have to download the app when using Oculus devices as the entire stream including the virtual reality component can be accessed from any browser.
Fox Sports VR
If you are based in the US, you can experience the World Cup virtually via the Fox Sports VR. Fox Sports VR enables users to get a livestream of the tournament from your own virtual VIP stadium or from the perspective of an on-the-field camera position which makes for a very realistic viewing experience.
You don’t need any special equipment to watch the World Cup and the platform offers a 360-degree viewing experience. Users can opt to watch the games directly from the suite or by choosing the many on-the-field positions. If you want an even more immersive experience that makes the viewing as realistic as possible, you can use a Gear VR or Cardboard viewer.