Ubergizmo co-founder Hubert Nguyen trying Gear VR for S6

Ubergizmo co-founder Hubert Nguyen trying Gear VR for S6

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The Rio 2016 Olympics are nearly upon us and sure, every year many of us gather in pubs, bars, cafes, or host parties at home where we can watch certain sporting events together, but this year if you want to switch it up a bit, you might be interested to learn that NBC will be broadcasting some of the Olympics in virtual reality.

The bad news is that it seems that this will be a Samsung-exclusive as the content will only be available to those who own the Samsung Gear VR headset and the compatible Galaxy smartphones. According to NBC, they expect to have about 85 hours worth of VR programming and that this will be a first for the Olympics. It will also be interesting to see how it will turn out.

We have to say that despite the limitations imposed on the feature, the idea of being able to watch the games like we’re there in person could prove to be rather entertaining, especially since even if you were at the stadium where the games are held, you probably wouldn’t even get a very good look anyway.

Of course the Olympics won’t be the first event to be broadcasted in virtual reality, but from the way things are shaping up, it certainly looks like we can expect more events to be broadcasted in VR in the future.

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