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I’ve attended roughly 800 Major League Baseball games in my life. If you count in minor league games, that number is probably pushing a cool grand. I’ve never owned season tickets. As a sports writer, I’ve been able to see all the day-to-day, behind-the-scenes of a day at the ballpark, including all the things you won’t see with just a ticket to the game. It, of course, gives you a unique perspective on the national past time. Now you don’t need to be a pro reporter to get an immersive glimpse into the game with Intel True Virtual Reality and MLB Advanced Media.
To try out this new service, we purchased a Samsung Gear VR headset and paired it with a Galaxy S7 Edge. Next, we downloaded the Intel True VR app from the Oculus marketplace.
After some initial setup attaching the adjustable velcro straps to make the headset fit comfortably and attaching the phone, we were asked to calibrate the Bluetooth touchpad that is included with the Gear. Upon launching the app we were taken to a 3D menu that allowed us to scroll through the marketplace to browse and download apps and games or access the internet with the handheld controller.
The best part of the Intel True VR app is the interactive game simulcast broadcast every Tuesday through the rest of the season. You can choose from different camera angles, including a press box view, and overhead outfield view or watch the game directly from the on-deck circle. Checking the live box score is as easy as looking at the peripherals of the screens. The At Bat feature will give you a pitch-by-pitch breakdown with real time stats for deeper insight into the game.
Exclusive content, developed specifically for VR platforms, gives you an exclusive perspective into the game and its players. With MLB’s Video on Demand, you can find yourself intimately involved with moments in the game that would otherwise be inaccessible. I experienced what it was like to be at Wrigley Field as Bill Murray sang the national anthem or in a Yawkey Street bar during a Boston playoff series. I learned something new about Andrew McCutchen, and I’ve been interviewing him since he was in high school. Even with my all-access press credential, I can’t even get in the batter’s box with Giancarlo Stanton during the Home Run Derby. You will literally feel like you are there.
There’s more than just baseball, too. As a Shark Week veteran, I also enjoyed the underwater segments in the Discovery VR app that literally put you in the middle of a school of sharks swimming around a reef. No SCUBA certification needed.
Intel True VR experiences are captured by both Intel True VR camera pods and 3rd party cameras and produced by Intel VR production specialists to power a unique VR experience. For more information got to the official Intel site.
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