Microsoft Reveals VR Future for Sports

NicoleMotta - February 4, 2016 - 11:13 AM

Microsoft Reveals VR Future for Sports

This week, Microsoft revealed what it sees as the future of the NFL with a fully-immersive HoloLens experience.

"What if game day was no longer confined to your television screen, but covered your room and took over your coffee table? Today, we shared a glimpse of that future in a brand new concept video unveiled at the Super Bowl 50 panel discussion," said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, in a blog post. In the video, Microsoft shows off a mixed reality scene that takes "The Big Game" from your screen and adds displays, player stats, instant replays, and more around the room. Those wearing the headset can look around to see an expanded screen, 3D holograms of their favorite players, and even the Goodyear blimp view of the stadium on their table or floor. Wearers use gestures to control the features.

In the video, Microsoft shows off an entire family enjoying the new VR experience though HoloLens is still limited to developers at this time. Currently, the development edition of the headset costs a whopping $3,000 and developers are limited to two headsets per application. Developers can apply to get their hands on the headset now and the devices are expected to start shipping in the first quarter of 2016. Microsoft has yet to reveal any information about a consumer version of HoloLens or when scenarios like the one featured in the concept video might become a reality. For now, football fans can get a better understanding and more immersive experience of the game on the NFL app for Xbox One.

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