NCAA March Madness Live VR Stretches to Oculus Go for 2019 Men’s Basketball Tournament
Fans looking to immerse themselves in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship via virtual reality can do it now with NCAA March Madness Live VR, powered by Intel True VR. For the fourth year in a row, the NCAA March Madness Live VR app – now available for the first time this year via Oculus Go – will provide fans with live game coverage for select games beginning with the first and second rounds and continuing throughout the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four, and National Championship.
March Madness Live VR – developed by Turner Sports in partnership with CBS Sports, Intel, and NCAA – is available to download now via Oculus Go and Gear VR to provide fans with a courtside perspective and game commentary from the first and second round games in Salt Lake City and San Jose; Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games from the West Region in Anaheim; East Region in Washington, D.C.; along with the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals and National Championship in Minneapolis. The app is available to download for free today from the Oculus Store.
Fans will have access to a virtual courtside seat via two ticket options:
- VR Ticket – for $2.99 per game, fans can enjoy watching their favorite team in VR by selecting the camera they want to watch from or via fully-produced VR coverage incorporating multiple courtside cameras and sounds from inside the arena. During the first and second rounds, audio will include game commentary from the telecasts across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. For Sweet 16 and Elite 8 action, fans will have exclusive play-by-play and dedicated game commentary featuring Spero Dedes and analyst Steve Smith from Anaheim and Lisa Byington and Steve Lavin from Washington, D.C. Dedes (play-by play), Smith (analyst) and Byington (reporter) will handle the call for the Semifinals and National Championship games.
- VR Tournament Pass – for $19.99, fans can bundle the experience to access all 21 games and features available in VR.
NCAA March Madness Live VR will also provide access to an interactive bracket that updates throughout the tournament, full-length game replays, highlights from all games in 2D & VR, and video-on-demand that includes behind-the-scenes access, coach and player interviews and more. Additionally, the Final Four and Championship Game will feature Intel True View integration, delivering 360° replays that capture highlights from the biggest plays via the live broadcast, online content and the NCAA March Madness Live VR app.
For the ninth consecutive year, Turner Sports and CBS Sports will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – and via NCAA March Madness Live.
CBS will broadcast this year’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, April 6, along with the National Championship on Monday, April 8.