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PGA Tour and Intel expand VR partnership

Live VR experience will be available internationally

Golf’s PGA tour has expanded its deal with Intel to provide live VR and 360-degree video at six events over the next year.

Intel will produce the live VR experience with Intel True VR technology which uses panoramic, stereoscopic camera pods to create a more natural and realistic view from any direction for what it describes as a more immersive VR environment.

The live VR experience will be available on the Samsung Gear VR headsets internationally through the PGA TOUR VR Live app. The full VR experience will also be available on demand in the app following each event. The 360-degree video stream will be available via Twitter and Periscope.

The first event to be included in the new VR stream is this week’s Tour Championship at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, which is scheduled to run between 21st and 24th September.

“After two years of experimenting with virtual reality on the PGA Tour, we are very excited by the viewer experience that Intel produces,” said PGA Tour chief media officer Rick Anderson.

“From the Tour’s perspective, our goal with VR is to create an experience that is completely different than what you can get as a fan at our events or by viewers of our traditional media platforms. We are confident that Intel’s True VR technology allows us to achieve this goal.”

“We’re thrilled to be continuing and expanding our work with the PGA Tour into a broader VR partnership,” added James Carwana, general manager of Intel Sports.