Baseball fans may not be able to virtually step up to the plate just yet, but Major League Baseball will be providing a new way for viewers to experience live-streamed sports events with VR features.
MLB’s At Bat app is a subscription service that includes features like video library archives to interactive rosters for every team. A VR accessible version of the app will be available on June 1st for Google Daydream and Android devices.
What kind of benefits does adding virtual reality offer for the app? Users will be able to access live stats and scores while simultaneously watching games, with the ability to also view videos in 360 degrees within the headset and provide a wider field of view similar to the largest HDTV’s on market.
With the inclusion of VR, data will be made visual, showing everything from a baseball player’s season ranking to the score of a separate game, all made available to the user without having to break away from their current viewing experience.
There are no concrete plans to extend VR into broadcasting the games themselves inside of the actual headset. Certain limitations like camera costs and figuring out how to cover playing grounds that span 50,000 square feet make for providing a live experience difficult.
However it’s not outside the realm of possibility. MLB has tossed around the idea of offering a full live game in VR later in 2017.
Homerun, don’t walk over to Variety to read more about how VR is used in the At Bat app.