Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

Watch the Olympics in stunning virtual reality with the Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR 2
Jeffrey Van Camp/Digital Trends
This time around, you’ll be able to enjoy the Olympics much more intimately. That’s right, Samsung is teaming up with NBC to bring virtual reality to the Olympics, something that would have been impossible four years ago.

Owners of the Samsung Gear VR will be able to watch all kinds of events, including the opening ceremony. Events won’t be streamed until the day after they take place, however, so if you want to check out the opening ceremony with your headset, you’ll need to wait until Saturday.

According to Samsung, the most iconic moments of the Olympics will be available to watch at any time, and there will be as many as 85 hours of virtual reality content in total — everything from basketball to gymnastics. Not only that, but those without a Samsung phone or Gear VR headset can still get a piece of the action, as long as they live in New York. Samsung will be showing events to guests at its Samsung 837 showroom throughout the duration of the games.

It seems as though Samsung has really been the go-to for virtual reality content of late, especially when it comes to sports. For example, the Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid match was recently streamed through the headset by NextVR, and more events are likely to come in the near future. Still, it would be nice to see more headsets making the same waves that Samsung is in virtual reality, especially considering the fact that the Gear VR is only usable by those with a Samsung Galaxy phone. In particular, it would be nice to see access to such content simply with any Android phone through headsets like Google Cardboard. Perhaps content will open up to more people once Google launches its new Daydream virtual reality software.

Christian de Looper
Christian’s interest in technology began as a child in Australia, when he stumbled upon a computer at a garage sale that he…
Vision Pro headset proves buggy for prominent Apple tipster
Apple Vision Pro being worn by a person while using a keyboard.

Apple's Vision Pro headset reached its first customers on February 2. Apple

Apple’s new Vision Pro mixed-reality headset appears to be the buggiest first-generation device ever launched by the tech giant.

Read more
Disney just reinvented the VR treadmill, and it looks amazing
The feet of someone walking on Disney's Holotile technology.

Disney casually broke the news of an exciting-sounding breakthrough to reinvent movement in VR. The HoloTile is an omnidirectional, multiplayer treadmill floor that could solve a huge problem with VR gaming and the metaverse: connecting body movement to the virtual world.

Solutions to this problem so far have been clunky, either opting for a tethered treadmill or going free-roam in large rooms, where running into other players or walls is a problem.

Read more
Watch Apple’s new ‘Get Ready’ ad for its Vision Pro headset
A screenshot from Apple's Vision Pro ad released in January 2024.

Apple’s Vision Pro headset -- the company’s most significant product launch since the Apple Watch in 2015 -- is almost here.

The eagerly awaited mixed-reality goggles will be available to preorder in the U.S. starting January 19 ahead of an official launch on February 2, the tech giant revealed on Monday. Other countries are expected to follow soon after.

Read more