It’s Tuesday night in early April. The Golden State Warriors are battling the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are trading buckets, tension is brewing between Draymond Green and Steven Adams, and it’s looking like this could go down as one of the regular season’s most entertaining contests.
You’re sitting on your couch, beverage in hand, cold pizza on the coffee table, eyes glued to the TV.
But what if you could be there? What if you could transport yourself from that couch to a courtside seat? Or a spot in the stands?
With the latest developments in the wild world of virtual reality, pretty soon you’ll be able to do just that.
The NBA, Intel and Turner Sports this week collectively announced a multiyear partnership that will bring the virtual reality experience to marquee NBA on TNT matchups. Like, say, Golden State at Oklahoma City in early April.
The partnership, which tips off during February’s All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, will use Intel True VR technology to give fans a unique look at live-game action from various angles and locations throughout NBA arenas.
“Intel is working with leagues and sports organizations all over the world to develop and deliver the most cutting-edge immersive media experiences that will make sports more engaging for the next generation of fans,” James Carwana, vice president and general manager of Intel Sports, said in a statement. “This unique partnership with the NBA will enable us to work with official league broadcasters, including Turner…