Last year I shared a baseball home date night idea involving the Intel True VR app. Seeing as today is Valentine’s Day I thought it would be appropriate to write a quick Olympic Date Night inspired idea using the Intel True VR app. I was so excited to learn that I could use the Intel True VR app to watch the Olympics. Dan and I have been having lots of at-home dates watching the Olympics in virtual reality– it’s so cool!
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So far, we’ve watched curling, the women’s halfpipe, and men’s halfpipe in VR. Watching Chloe Kim and Shaun White’s amazing rides in VR was awesome, and curling is a lot more interesting in VR. It felt like we were on the ice and part of their conversations, although we couldn’t hear what they were saying. Unfortunately, it is hard to capture the experience with screenshots because it doesn’t look as lifelike and, in the case of snowboarding, it moves too quickly, but hopefully you will get the idea!
Each day there are several events broadcast in VR over the app. You can see the full schedule here. They have the same announcers and stats as the TV broadcast but it is delayed compared to the TV. We only have one headset so we take turns with the VR and the other person can still watch on TV.
Getting the Olympics in VR is simple. 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. There is still over a week left for the Olympic games so plenty of time to get a VR headset and enjoy some of the games. You can get it in two days on Amazon Prime or order from your local Best Buy and pick up in store (keep in mind they price match).
One of my favorite things is entering the Olympic Games world from the VR app. It has a map of the Olympic Village and you can navigate to each of the different event venues. I love how realistic it is to the point where you can see traffic on the street.
To make the experience special on Dan’s days off we made my favorite homemade BBQ pizza recipe from The Young Austinian and these awesome almost-paleo chocolate chip cookies (we use real chocolate chips) from The Lauren McBride Blog. Also, if you are super last minute like me, this would be a great Valentine’s Day dinner 😉
Have you tried the Intel True VR app? Have you watched the Olympics with it? Let me know in the comments!