Digital telly provider Sky has launched a new VR app, and a bunch of virtual reality and 360-degree content to go along with it. It’s available for anyone to download and compatible with Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, and Oculus Rift.
The app launches with a VR experience in conjunction with David Beckham, Sky Sports: Closer. The idea is that it'll transport you and David ringside or trackside to watch some of the best sporting events up close and personal.
"The team from the Sky VR studio came up with an incredible concept," he said. "Being able to take other sports fans on a journey into some of the world's biggest sporting events was a unique opportunity."
Here's what else the app has to offer:
- An immersive re-imagining of Giselle from the English National Ballet
- Coverage of the US presidential election on Sky News, somehow
- Tutankhamun's Tomb - The Search for Nefertiti, which we assume will be a cool 360-degree exploration of some kind
- Two intriguing "VR experiences" of Disney's The Jungle Book
- Star Wars: Red Carpet, a closer look at the red carpet at the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Sky Cinema
- Anthony Joshua: Becoming World Champion, which tracks the heavyweight star's journey to the championship
- A VR look at Matt Damon's The Martian
- Suicide Squad: Squad 360, which lets you see first-hand what it's like to be in the Suicide Squad in a scene from the film
- A film following Team Sky as they prep for the Tour de France
Most content will be available right from the get-go (hence why some stuff is a little dated now), but a few things - including Tutankhamun and the US elections - are still on their way.
Sky VR is available for anyone to download for free, as is all its content. You'll need a smartphone (iOS 8.1 or later, or Android 5.0 Lollipop or later) and a compatible headset, and an internet connection of at least 5Mb for it to work at its best.