The BBC have announced that all 33 matches broadcast by the BBC will be viewable for free on BBC Sport’s VR 2018 World Cup app, which will be available on iOS and Android devices, as well as the Gear VR, Oculus Go and PlayStation VR headsets. It seems PC owners with Oculus Rifts and Vives will not be joining the party, and of course you will need to be the UK to access the streams.
You’ll be able to switch the view from a “luxury private box” on high or from behind either of the two goals, which seems a bit limited but would replicate the feeling on being in the stadium.
If you’ve got a 4K TV then you will also be able to stream the matches from the BBC iPlayer app in UHD, but you’ve going to have to be quick, the number of users granted access will be limited to “tens of thousands of people”. I guess the BBC hasn’t got the bandwidth to let everyone stream in 4K yet.
“With these trials we’re giving audiences yet another taste of the future,” said Matthew Postgate, BBC chief technology & product officer.
We will let you know when the app is available.