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Life is busy. Dan and I both work full-time jobs and have side hustles, so whenever we are both home we like to spend time with Aiden as a family. The time we have together as a couple is on Dan’s days off in the evening after Aiden goes to bed which means we have become really good at coming up with creative at-home date night ideas. I recently found the ultimate at-home date night for us using the Intel True VR App to watch a baseball game!
Before we had Aiden we lived in Washington, DC about one mile from Nationals Park. We had a partial season ticket plan so we were at the field all the time. When we weren’t watching it in person we had the game on at home. Once we had Aiden we moved out to the ‘burbs and cut our cable. We now go to one or two games a season and rarely watch it on TV.
Technology is advancing at such an incredible pace so it’s no surprise that it is allowing more opportunity to enjoy the things you love without leaving your home. Dan is a bit of a tech geek (what guy isn’t?) so he is always checking out the virtual reality devices when we go into any electronics store. It was also one of the reasons he couldn’t wait to update his phone to the Samsung Galaxy 8.
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We learned about the Intel True VR App which is a live streaming VR application creating custom virtual reality experiences including streaming MLB Baseball and let me tell you it’s awesome. You can watch the game of the day on the app every Tuesday during baseball season which is perfect because it is Dan’s day off so we make a date night out of it.
I had a misconception that VR would be complicated, but it was so easy to set up. We downloaded the free app from the Oculus store using our Samsung phone, plugged the phone into the Gear VR Headset and that’s it.
Once you are in the app it is easy and straightforward to navigate — as a not super techy person, I really appreciate that! You enter into a virtual waiting room and all your options are laid out. We could choose from MLB, NCAA, Project Runway, and a few other options. We chose baseball.
I feel like the virtual reality experience is the best of watching the game in person and on TV. It feels like you are there, you can hear the chatter of the crowd and even see the people sitting next to you. But you can also switch the point of view and watch the game from different vantage points like the dugout, behind home plate, and the outfield, or let the app switch the cameras for the best viewing angles. I personally really liked the dugout perspective because I felt like I was on the field and I liked watching the players walk by — plus now I can see how players can argue balls and strikes because of the way the dugout is positioned.
The app has its own announcers that walk you through the experience, and give suggestions to enhance your viewing, and provide commentary on the game. You can also see the lineup cards, a live scoreboard, and detailed stats about the game.
Even if you aren’t a baseball fan this app is still a perfect date night activity because it offers NCAA games, NFL games, fashion week, concerts, and more. I saw a preview of Project Runway and it was awesome (you are sitting in the crowd)!
Here is a quick video tour of my experience using the app:
Here are some tips to have your own virtual reality date night:
- Pick your favorite Intel VR app program
- Create a fun menu around the activity (we did hot dogs, beer, and popcorn)
- Have fun!
The Intel True VR technology is definitely upping the stakes for our at-home date nights, and we plan to make these VR dates a regular thing even after baseball season is over.
Have you tried Virtual Reality yet? What do you think?