HTC Vive and IGT announce casino VR deal

Slot machine maker International Game Technology PLC (IGT) has announced that it will be teaming up with HTC Vive to bring VR technology to casinos. The partnership will see the IGT, which is one of the world’s largest ‘gaming solutions providers’ leveraging HTC VIVE Studios’ content within a ‘Virtual Zone’ on casino floors.

This is not, however, a way for fatigued gamblers to gain some respite by checking out virtual experiences. Rather, the Virtual Zone is a competition...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 21 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, eSports.

VR market review: VR World Congress 2017

Carl Hibbert of Futuresource Consulting provided the audience with a review of the VR market and possible future trends.

The presentation started with a perhaps surprising bit of research that asked people who had already tried VR which piece of hardware they had used. 31% said Samsung VR, 15% said Playstation VR and 14% cited Google Cardboard.

Futuresource are anticipating that 90 million VR and AR units will be being sold annually around the world by 2021.

An interesting...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, eSports, Gaming, Hardware, Platforms.

UK’s first VR game experience to open in Leeds

The Hyper Reality Experience is the first in a series of VR game experiences that will be launched across the UK by Tick Tock Unlock.

The game sees teams of up to 8 players being given 15 minutes to complete a ‘free-roaming, live-action’ challenge.

Set to open in Trinity Leeds on 22 April, the project has been developed by former J.P Morgan executive Ali Khan.

According to Mr Khan, the centre will provide “a new form of entertainment that is part video game, part virtual reality, part...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: eSports, Gaming.

Manchester City unveils new video to bring ‘matchdays to virtual reality’

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Manchester City has announced the release of a new 360-degree virtual reality video to provide an “authentic, behind the scenes view of the matchday atmosphere” of the Etihad Stadium, the football club has announced.

The video, produced in collaboration with VR technology provider Jaunt, will take the club’s supporters directly to the players’ changing room and give a first-hand look as the team arrive on the ‘blue carpet’. The video will...

By VR 360, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, eSports.

FOX Sports hosts MLS game in VR for the first time this weekend

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US sports fans will be able to catch a game in VR this weekend, as FOX Sports gears up to broadcast the Major Soccer League championship game in virtual reality for the first time ever.

FOX has partnered up with VR company LiveLike to broadcast the match via their FOX Sports virtual reality app, which people can sign into using their TV provider credentials.

Those watching the game in...

By Rachael Power, 09 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: eSports.

Intel buys VR sports company VOKE

Virtual reality sports is set to be a big area in 2017, not least because of large tech companies like Intel getting in on the action.

The PC microprocessor company announced that it’s acquiring a business that specialises in live streaming events in virtual reality, VOKE VR.

VOKE is based in California and has been up and running since 2004. It’s proprietary paired lens and stereoscopic capture system allows viewers to see ‘realistic proportions and depth’ during live-streamed VR...

By Rachael Power, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, eSports.

NFL launches VR series with Google Daydream

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America's National Football League (NFL) has launched NFL Films with Google Daydream, a nine-part, 360 series of behind-the-scenes NFL content.

The series aims to give people a sense of how players, coaches, executives, cheerleaders and fans prepare for 'game day' in an immersive way.

The first episode of the virtual reality series will be available to watch via the NFL channel on YouTube on Thanksgiving Day (24 November).

Virtual reality is an emerging platform that enables content...

By Rachael Power, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: eSports.

New BBC app to host Olympic VR content

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The Rio Olympics kick off this weekend, and fans in the UK can watch some of the Games in VR with the BBC Sport 360 app.

The app is part of a trial and was developed with the Olympic Broadcasting Service to offer 360 coverage of the Games.

BBC Sport said it's taken taken part in the trial to learn more about the tech and understand audience needs, so it can shape future plans for VR content.

"This is an emerging and exciting area, which we will explore further after the games," the BBC...

By Rachael Power, 04 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: eSports, Research.

Women's golf latest sport to get the 360 degree video treatment

Sports and 360 video are seemingly a match made in heaven, with each week bringing a new announcement in the area.

The most recent news is from imaging and electronics company Ricoh, which developed a series of 360 degree film capturing cameras. Its Theta S model will film the Women's British Open, a major women's professional golf championship.

The compact camera boasts high-res spherical output images of up to nearly 14 megapixels and HD live streaming, as well as 8GB of memory.

The Championship is...

By Rachael Power, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: eSports.

Rio Olympics opens virtual reality visitor centre

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One month out from the Rio Olympics, and already the games are a source of controversy. But there’s no doubt the major event will create history for virtual reality, which it’s set to use in a major way.

For the first time, Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) will be broadcasting high-definition images of the opening and closing ceremony in virtual reality, as well as one event per day. 

In the run-up to the games,...

By Rachael Power, 06 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: eSports.