Let the Games begin! The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are in full swing, but instead of watching a flat-screen TV thinking about what it would be like to be there in person, this year you can get closer to the action with virtual reality. That’s how!
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To watch the 202nd Tokyo Games in VR, you need an Oculus Quest or Oculus Quest 2 and the NBC Olympics VR by Xfinity app, available in the Oculus app store. In addition, this partnership with Xfinity allows Oculus users to host Watch Parties with up to three other Oculus friends exclusively in the United States.
This viewing experience will allow all viewers to see live and play coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies and sports, including boxing, athletics, volleyball, basketball and more. In addition, the game prior to the opening ceremony will be available.
Don’t let the Xfinity name scare you; you will be able to watch live events and replay full events by authenticating your cable or satellite provider. Authentication is fairly straightforward: all you have to do is simply sign in to your cable or satellite provider, which will allow you to access live events. If you do not have a cable provider, you will only have access to the featured content available in the app.
In previous years of the event, the RV was available for viewing on smartphones via Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR and more.
What to expect from the virtual reality experience?
The experience with Xfinity’s NBC Olympics VR app will put you in action. Since there will be no audience, people who can see the event through virtual reality will have a front row view. Oculus Quest allows this experience to be wireless. Users can stand or sit to watch the event and use the Oculus controls to navigate the app and see the different events taking place. This RV experience will provide you with a 360 degree view of events. In addition, the featured content will show you various workouts that athletes participate in the Games and will even place you in Tokyo for more information about them.
Please note that not all sporting events that take place during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be available in VR. Virtual reality requires placing special cameras in various places, and with sports like cycling, you can imagine the technical commitment to covering the track and the constant movements.