Samsung has announced that VR Live Pass on Gear VR will launch this week and will include partnerships with the UFC and X Games that will enable the company to stream select events. That first live stream event in 360-degree virtual reality in UFC history will feature featherweight champion José Aldo squaring off against interim featherweight champion Max Holloway on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro.
Live streams of the UFC 212 main card, including the championship main event, are available in countries where Samsung VR is available, but not in the U.S. and New Zealand. Gear VR users in the U.S. will have access to the UFC FIGHT PASS early prelims.
What this means for UFC and all sports is that virtual reality isn’t just coming – it’s here. Furthermore, the power of virtual reality is driven by mobile. Mobile virtual technologies are going to change the way in which we consume media: social media, live tv broadcast, movies, websites for shopping, and so much more. The technology, like many technologies these days, has been built on speculation that it will one day overcome the challenges that mobile devices, and for that matter desktop devices, have typically had. The “screen door effect”, bad game development, and low frame rates have made a lot of folks believe Virtual Reality is a long way off.
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