Just in time for baseball season, on June 1, MLB.com At Bat VR goes public.
“It’s the first complete live-game sports experience in Virtual Reality, which means that not only can you watch real-time video (or any archived game back to 2015), you can do it an immersive virtual experience,” Thursday’s announcement reads.
“It’s another improvement, an advancement, in what we regard to be the best app in sports,” said Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. “It’s something we think our fans will be excited about.”
By the end of 2022, analyst Rodger Putinsky estimates, all MLB teams will offer VR fan experiences at their stadiums and via offerings available wherever fans are.
The growing interest in VR’s relationship with baseball was memorably apparent last summer when NextVR, an early pioneer in immersive virtual reality experiences, delivered the 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby on demand in virtual reality.
As for MLB’s newest offering, we’re told that “whatever you can get with MLB.TV on desktop or mobile, you can get with At Bat VR as well, but in an entirely new way.”
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