X Games to stream events live in virtual reality for first time ever

In a press release on Friday, ESPN announced that for the first time ever, action sports fans will be able to live stream the summer X Games in immersive virtual reality.

Per the press release, ESPN will team up with Samsung to broadcast three events — Skateboard Vert, BMX Street and Skateboard Street Amateurs — live to 48 countries. The broadcasts will be available for users with Samsung Gear VR through the Samsung VR app.

“X Games has always been a laboratory for innovation and progression, both for the world’s top action sports athletes and for ESPN’s production of events and use of technology,” Tim Reed, the vice president of the X Games, said in the press release. “We are always pushing to create new and better ways for fans to experience and interact with X Games. Working with Samsung to produce these three great events for Gear VR is an awesome example of that.”

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The new virtual reality feature will make the X Games feel like it’s taking place in your home.

In order to capture X Games Minneapolis in virtual reality, ESPN will use 360-degree camera systems to let fans to transport themselves into the midst of the three events, allowing the viewer to feel as if their couch at home is right in the middle of the competition.

X Games Minneapolis runs from July 13-16 at the newly-opened U.S. Bank Stadium. The Skateboard Vert competition will broadcast in live virtual reality at 6:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 13, while the BMX Street and Skateboard Street Amateurs will broadcast in live virtual reality at 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday and Saturday.

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