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Starting in June, owners of Samsung Gear VR units will be able to tune into special live-streamed events from the UFC, X Games, and concerts as a part of Samsung’s new Gear VR Live Pass. The content will be available at no cost, as long as you own a supported Galaxy device that works with a Gear VR headset.
The events already on the schedule include the following, according to Samsung:
- UFC® 212: ALDO vs. HOLLOWAY, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 3, 2017: For the first time in UFC history an event will be live streamed in Virtual Reality. Fans will witness this highly-anticipated event in high-quality 360-degree live stream and will have access to additional VR content, including pre-event and post-event show highlights with UFC featherweight champion José Aldo and interim UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway.
- X Games Minneapolis, USA July 13 – 16, 2017: Gear VR users will be able to experience the thrill of the X Games from the comfort of their homes as they watch the world’s best BMX riders and skaters, including Jimmy Wilkins, Chad Kerley and Jagger Eaton compete at the biggest action sports event of the year.
- Live Music Concert with International Artist, USA August, 2017: Music fans around the world will get the best seats in the house to watch one of the most exciting, high-energy and renowned music acts with Live Nation, the largest live event company in the world.
I should note that US users will have to access some of the UFC coverage through UFC Fight Pass.
Giving consumers access to events, live in VR as they happen is yet another use of VR that we will likely see much more of from all VR companies in the near future. And it only makes sense that this is where we go, just don’t expect it all to stay free forever.