Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Live NBA games could be Apple Vision Pro’s first slam dunk

The Apple Vision Pro headset will likely serve up live sports out of the gate, given NBA bosses have hinted basketball could be a major part of the proposition.

The $3,499 visionOS headset, due out in early 2024, could feature NBA games in virtual reality (at the very least) right out of the gate. Word comes directly from the NBA commissioner Adam Silver who says the organisation is in talks with Apple over bringing NBA content to the ecosystem.

iPhone 14 Pro Max with Unlimited Data

iPhone 14 Pro Max with Unlimited Data

Now’s your chance to get the iPhone 14 Pro Max on a low-cost contract and with a massive unlimited data allowance to boot.

  • £199 upfront
  • Only £44.99/month
View Deal

“We’re working very closely with Apple,” Silver told the New York Post when asked about potential integration with the forthcoming Apple VR/AR headset. That is the only quote, so not much to go on.

However, the NBA has traditionally been way ahead of the other US sports leagues when it comes to tech advancements. Whether Silver’s proclamation means the NBA would seek to expand its VR offerings for the Apple headset, or whether there’ll be some additional sauce for those willing to splash out remains to be seen.

Currently, live NBA games are available in VR on the Meta’s Quest headsets via the Horizons app. However, the Apple Vision Pro device, on paper, raises the potential of AR experiences where watching an NBA game live could be transformed using the headset – whether watching on TV or in person.

The quote could also be somewhat of a misnomer. During WWDC last month Apple revealed there’ll be an NBA game available on the headset via Apple Arcade.

“In addition to watching movies, you can play your favourite Apple Arcade games like NBA 2k 23 on a screen as large as you want,” En Kelly, an Apple senior engineering program manager, said during the annual showcase. “With incredible audio and game controller support, there will be over 100 arcade titles available for you to play on day one.”

We’ll see what manifests within the next six months, but whatever Apple and the NBA are cooking up could set the tone for the third-party experiences that make Vision Pro unique.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2003, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.

Trusted Reviews Logo

Sign up to our newsletter

Get the best of Trusted Reviews delivered right to your inbox.

This is a test error message with some extra words