BBC Sport's Virtual Reality World Cup App is Now Available to Download

By Tom Pritchard on at

In case you were living under a rock, you'll be well aware that the World Cup is set to kick off later today over in Russia. What you might have missed, if you weren't paying attention, is that there are lots of different ways to watch the action this time around. The BBC is making the viewing experience more high tech by streaming matches in 4K and VR, and while 4K is available via iPlayer VR is going to require a separate app. The good news is that app is now available, and just in time.

BBC Sport VR – FIFA World Cup is the app you need, and it's available for Android, iOS, Gear VR, Oculus Go, and PlayStation VR. So far the app only supports the lobby area, but the BBC promises that once the World Cup actually starts users will be able to access the virtual BBC Sport box where they can watch the game like they were actually in the stadium. Alternatively it was announced that viewers would be able to sit behind both goalposts and watch the action from close up. Unfortunately on 33 of the BBC's games will actually be available, but it's better than noting.

The app will also include highlights and statistics, viewable from within the virtual viewing box, so there will be plenty to do when there isn't any ball-kicking going on. Half time is useful for more than just going to the toilet, after all.