Samsung has today announced a new Virtual Reality Live Pass for Gear VR offering select live streams of events from the UFC, X-Games and Live Nation – at no cost.
The VR Live Pass will bring immersive virtual reality broadcasts to their popular Gear VR headset starting next month with UFC 212, followed by X Games Minneapolis in July and then a ‘Live Music Concert with International Artist’ in August.
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.
Younghee Lee, CMO and Executive Vice President, Samsung Electronics said of the VR Live Pass offer:
We are excited to offer Samsung Gear VR users the opportunity to experience their favorite live music and sporting events through our industry-leading VR ecosystem. Partnering with these companies to expand our VR services helps us to open up a new gateway of opportunities for fans and demonstrate our commitment to delivering experiences that make the seemingly impossible, possible.
To experience the VR Live Pass, you will of course need a Gear VR, compatible Samsung phone and the Samsung VR application which is available for free on the Oculus Store.
No mention of whether future events will be forthcoming, or if there will be a fee next time, but a PPV pass to UFC is around $50-$60 so this is a pretty good deal. If you’re a Gear VR owner, this is a good one to check out.