Nokia OZO camera to capture Euro 2016 in Virtual Reality

UEFA has announced that some games at next month’s Euro 2016 football tournament will be filmed in virtual reality.

A Daily Mirror report revealed the £40,000 Nokia OZO VR cameras will be placed around stadiums in order to capture the 360-degree footage.

There’ll also be one of the 8-lens, football-shaped cameras placed inside the players’ tunnel for some games.

UEFA says all of England’s games will be captured and so will some of the other home nations’, Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland’s.

It’s currently unclear how much of the footage will be available to fans throughout the tournament, although UEFA is currently floating the idea of publishing it to a YouTube channel.

For now this is being considered a test, building to the eventual goal of making games available for fans to watch live in VR (via Engadget).

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Bernard Ross, head of UEFA TV said: “These demonstrations continue to put us at the forefront of broadcast technological innovation.

“It’s UEFA’s goal that one day the watching fan will be able to watch a match through immersive virtual reality.

“They will experience the game as if they are there in the stadium. This demonstration represents the first step towards completing that goal.”

The Nokia OZO cameras will also be used to capture footage of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid later this month.