ESPN X-Games to livestream in Virtual Reality for the very first time

ESPN has announced that for the first time ever, action sports fans will be able to live stream the summer X Games in immersive virtual reality. Using Samsung’s VR app and Gear VR headset, ESPN will offer an immersive view of the event taking place July 13-16 in Minneapolis.

In a press release on Friday, ESPN revealed that they will team up with Samsung to broadcast three events — Skateboard Vert, BMX Street, and Skateboard Street Amateurs — live to 48 countries. The live stream will be available for users with Samsung Gear VR through the Samsung VR app.

Tim Reed, the vice president of the X Games, said in the press release that, “X Games has always been a laboratory for innovation and progression. We are always pushing to create new and better ways for fans to experience and interact with X Games. Working with Samsung to produce these three great events for Gear VR is an awesome example of that.”

X Games Minneapolis will begin from July 13 and will run through July 16 at the newly-opened U.S. Bank Stadium. The Skateboard Vert competition will be livestream using virtual reality at 6:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 13, while the BMX Street and Skateboard Street Amateurs will broadcast in live virtual reality at 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday and Saturday. For the more information on pre-event 360 content, you can visit www.samsungvr.com.

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