NCAA March Madness is the latest sporting event to get virtual reality coverage
The NCAA March Madness Live VR app offers a virtual seat to the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Starting with the "Sweet 16" games in San Jose, the app gives viewers a variety of viewing options for watching the collegiate tournament in VR.
The app is free to download from the Oculus store, but there are small per-game fees to tune in virtually. For US$1.99 per game, you can tune into a 180-degree live stream with commentary from CBS correspondents. For $2.99 per game or $7.99 for all six games, you can watch VR coverage that includes arena sounds, multiple courtside cameras, and VR-specific commentary. The app also includes a tournament bracket, game highlights and other relevant stats.
VR broadcasts of major sporting events is becoming more common – the Fox Sports VR app offered Super Bowl coverage – but so far, we've been unimpressed with the video quality to enjoy it too much. This app promises a "fully-produced" experience which could mean a better viewing experience, but that remains to be seen.