All those extra cameras fans had spotted sitting along the barricade of recent WWE pay-per-view (PPV) events were said to be part of testing for a new virtual reality product offering, and it turns out those rumors were true. While you won’t be able to know what it’s like to dive through the ropes like Dean Ambrose yet, The ‘E and their partners at NextVR will be bringing you “virtual reality experiences” what allow you “to see the action as if they were there live” from select live events in 2018.
No word yet on which or even how many shows will feature VR footage you can check out with your gear (a headset and supporting device will be required), but the future is here, Cagesiders.
WWE and NextVR bring the WWE Universe closer to the action with virtual reality
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., AND Stamford, Conn. – NextVR, the leader in broadcasting live events in virtual reality, and WWE have announced a new partnership to bring fans unique WWE experiences in virtual reality, featuring highlights from select 2018 WWE special events.
The virtual reality experiences will be approximately 10 minutes and available for free to the WWE Universe globally on a new WWE channel within the NextVR app following each event. The content will provide fans with a completely new experience, featuring highlights from WWE’s biggest events, including the excitement of the fans, athleticism of WWE’s larger-than-life Superstars, pivotal moments, epic showdowns and surprise appearances, giving them the opportunity to see the action as if they were there live.
“WWE is amazing in VR, and we know fans are going to love it,” said David Cole, NextVR CEO. “Our patented VR broadcasting pipeline will bring fans ringside with WWE Superstars to experience the electrifying energy and spectacle firsthand.”
“We are always looking to create compelling content across platforms, and we are excited to partner with NextVR to bring our fans closer to the action than ever before,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer. “As the technology behind virtual reality continues to evolve, this is a unique opportunity for us to partner with NextVR, a leader in this space, to provide new experiences to our passionate fans around the world.”
For each production, NextVR will work alongside WWE’s award-winning TV and production team to position NextVR’s custom virtual reality cameras throughout each event to capture the most immersive views of WWE action.
Fans with a Samsung GearVR headset or Google Daydream View, along with a compatible smartphone, PlayStation VR, or Windows Mixed Reality can download the free NextVR app from the corresponding platform store to access the free highlights.