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You'll be able to watch the Olympics in VR this year

Daniel Anderson

Published 09/03/2016 | 07:11

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The Olympic Games for 2016 in Rio will be the first ever games to be recorded partly in virtual reality, so you can really feel like you're there

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Virtual Reality is everywhere, and you'll even be able to use it to hope straight into the Olympic Games.

The XXXI Olympiad takes place this August and it will be the first ever games to be partly recorded in Virtual Reality, with selected events also captured at a staggering 8K resolution. That means folks with VR headsets can jump inside the broadcasts and watch the action from any angle, just like you were really there.

Now before we get too excited it seems that this footage will only be available on TV in Japan, but some of the VR material will be streamed for anyone around the world. The opening and closing ceremonies, as well as some football, swimming and basketball will be included in the feeds. The content is being sent to Japan as a way of testing for future games, with the intention of shooting and broadcasting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in full 8k resolution.

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