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Virtual Reality is Coming to the NBA

Imagine being on the court as Kyrie Irving jolts past you crossing up defenders left and right, delivering his signature lay-up. Of course, in real life, this would never happen, however with the latest advancements in virtual reality (VR) anything is possible.

The NBA, Intel, and Turner Sports made the announcement this week that a multiyear partnership between the three would be seeking to bring VR to NBA games on TNT. What better time to launch than All-Star Weekend right? That is exactly when the feature is set to premiere.

James Carwana, vice president and general manager of Intel Sports, in a statement concerning the new feature says,

Intel is working with leagues and sports organizations all over the world to develop and deliver the most cutting-edge immersive media experiences that will make sports more engaging for the next generation of fans.

The statement clearly marks the beginning of what the future of sports will entail, leaving fans quite anxious.

Intel will become the exclusive provider of virtual reality for the NBA on TNT, and will provide all of the NBA’s official broadcast partners with VR technology as well, using freeD technology.

After All-Star Weekend’s conclusion, every NBA game on TNT will bee offered in VR, and will be available on TNT VR App, Samsung Gear VR, and Google Daydream headsets.

[via USA Today]

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