The L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks’ NHL Stadium Series game at Levi’s Stadium was streamed in 360-degree, high-definition virtual reality when it was played on February 21. The experience was a collaboration among the hockey league, cloud graphics start-up Otoy, New Deal Studios, and Immersive Media. Those watching it through an Oculus Rift or a Samsung Gear VR virtual reality device viewed the game-day activities like they were there in person.
“The creators tried to recreate the experience of all facets of being at the game, from the ability to watch practice sessions as if you’re sitting on the players’ bench to pre-game activities including tailgating, gate entry, and concessions, culminating in a front-row seat to the game with an eyeline just above the glass and over the rink that lets you follow plays or turn around to see what’s happening behind the net,” Dean Takahashi reported for VentureBeat.com.
If you’re interested in learning more about virtual reality and how it can be used in venue, check out our feature, “A Multitude of Realities,” from our Technology & Trends issue. And please visit VentureBeat.com for more on the NHL story.