MLB, Intel sign three-year deal for weekly live VR baseball games

The first game getting the VR treatment will feature the Cleveland Indians taking on the Colorado Rockies. Image: Intel

Intel has a new three-year partnership in place with Major League Baseball to produce weekly live virtual-reality games using the True VR platform.

Starting June 6, Intel will livestream one weekly, out-of-market game every Tuesday via the Intel True VR app, and also offer post-game highlights and on-demand replays of each game, according to a news release.

Intel will use multiple 4K-resolution cameras to give users the ability to control their vantage point by selecting from up to four camera angles per game or a produced VR broadcast experience. The broadcasts will also include player and team statistics throughout the game, and exclusive in-app commentary.

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The Intel MLB VR games will be free through the Intel True VR app for viewers using a Samsung Gear VR headset. The first game getting the VR treatment will feature the Cleveland Indians taking on the Colorado Rockies.

“As a VR partner of MLB, Intel is delivering a truly immersive virtual reality livestream where fans can experience the excitement of being at the ballpark every week,” said James Carwana, general manager of the Intel Sports Group, in a statement. “The addition of live stats to the Intel True VR weekly games is another example of how we’re giving fans more control to personalize their baseball experience.”

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For Intel, the MLB deal gives the company its second multiyear VR agreement of the past few months. In March, Intel announced it was partnering with CBS and Turner to offer March Madness tournament games in VR and 360-degree video.

The NCAA March Madness Live VR app let users view games from the tournament’s Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds, as well as the Final Four National Semifinals and the National Championship. The costs were $2.99 a game or $7.99 for a package of six.