Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in the action of your favorite sport? Or host a private watch party—just you, your friends, and a larger-than-life screen, even if you can’t be together in person? Then listen up, sports fans, because game night just got real with the launch of XTADIUM* on the Meta Quest Platform.
Developed by YBVR, XTADIUM gets you closer to the action than ever before by delivering 180-degree virtual reality footage in up to 8K video quality. Real-time statistical overlays that you can toggle on or off let you stay on top of the game, and you can choose from up to eight different camera angles to get the perfect shot. You can enjoy the event solo or create a private watch party for you and your friends.
XTADIUM will offer live events, on-demand replays, and immersive highlights for the ultimate sports experience. Check out the launch lineup of sports content:
- In 180-degree virtual reality:
- Three VOD 45-minute versions of NASCAR Cup Series races, including the NASCAR Cup Series Championship race at Phoenix Raceway
- Two VOD UFC Fight Pass events, LFA 141 and LFA 144
- Live and VOD singles and doubles matches from the All American Cup – Team Tennis Tournament, which runs November 11 – 13.
- A collection of full VOD fight cards and highlights from ONE Championship
- Archival footage from EuroLeague basketball
- In 2D:
- Live content from the beIN SPORTS XTRA channel
- Some choice waves from World Surf League
… and that’s just for starters! We expect more sports content to hit XTADIUM in the coming months. Keep an eye on the app and the blog as we roll out new content. And in the future, fans will be able to get a ticket to live pay-per-view events or access subscription-only content via authentication from their favorite leagues and networks.
“At YBVR, we are a team of sports fans and virtual reality enthusiasts who believe VR is opening the door to a whole new world of possibilities for people to watch their favorite sports,” says Sebastian Amengual, YBVR Co-Founder and CTO. “Drawing from the experience and technology we’ve developed during the last six years, we built XTADIUM to fulfill our dream of creating a new VR streaming application that delivers an immersive, interactive, and social viewing experience around some of the world’s most exciting sports competitions.”
“One of our core principles as an organization is ‘Be First,’” says Craig Borsari, Chief Content Officer and Executive Producer, UFC. “UFC has a long history of innovating in combat sports and in mixed martial arts in particular. We want to lead our sport in creating unprecedented, fully immersive viewing experiences for fans using state-of-the-art virtual reality technology. Working with Meta and YBVR to provide sports content for XTADIUM is a big step forward in reaching that goal.”
“Having just launched NASCAR’s first VR race-viewing execution for Meta Horizon Worlds, we’re thrilled to see that content come to life in XTADIUM, too, and look forward to the additional opportunities this new app provides for further customizing unique experiences fans can’t get anywhere else,” says NASCAR Managing Director of Gaming and Esports Nick Rend.
So what’re you waiting for? Grab your Meta Quest headset, call up some friends, and jump into an immersive sports experience that puts you in control.
*XTADIUM is only available in the US.