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Weekly live NBA games are coming to the Samsung Gear VR

NBA fans will be able to watch one live game a week in virtual reality this season, the league’s digital arm has announced.

League Pass subscribers with a Samsung Gear VR set up will be able to tune in on October 27 to see the Sacramento Kings play the San Antonio Spurs.

The full-season schedule of weekly VR games, powered by NextVR, will be announced before the end of this month.

Headset owners will be able to view the game from behind a backboard from centre court or from a nosebleed seat, via the NextVR app.

Related: Samsung Gear VR review

According to NBA Digital, production teams will handle the switching of camera angles.

This is supposed to make things a little less jarring, but it differs from some approaches where the viewer is in charge of selecting camera angles.

During commercial breaks those watching in VR will be able to see in-venue entertainment as well as behind the scenes footage with a VR specific commentary track.

The NBA say compatibility with more headsets will be confirmed later this season.

“This programming marks the first regular schedule of live games delivered in VR by a professional sports league,” the NBA says.

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