Meta continues to stream live NBA games in virtual reality and brings new features for basketball fans to Meta Quest (2).
Meta and the North American Basketball Association (NBA) extend their partnership. Meta Quest will remain the NBA’s official VR platform. Fans with access to Horizon Worlds and Xtadium can expect new features and more VR basketball games.
NBA Live and VR in Horizon Worlds
In 2020, Oculus signed a streaming deal with the NBA. The VR division, now fully integrated into Meta, has become the official marketing and VR partner of the NBA, WNBA Women’s League and NBA G-League. The agreement with Meta has now been extended to include several new features.
Fans will be able to watch a total of 52 live NBA season games for free in Meta’s Horizon Worlds proto-metaverse. Five of these games will be released as immersive 180-degree monoscopic video and hosted by well-known sportscasters.
New NBA Arena and Avatar Fan Apparel
Additional 180 degree coverage of the WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League will follow. The new NBA Arena in Horizon Worlds is available now and comes with new mini-games to pass the time.
Additionally, Meta offers exclusive NBA team apparel for avatars in the store. Going forward, the paid NBA League Pass, which includes all games including the playoffs, will also be available through Meta Quest.
Xtadium was launched last November. At launch, US consumers were able to experience 180-degree live streams of NASCAR races, the All American Cup tennis tournament, archived EuroLeague basketball games and UFC Fight Pass bouts on Meta Quest 2.
Xtadium is currently only available in the United States. Horizon Worlds has arrived in some countries in Europe. Since Meta’s VR headsets are now sold in the country, the social VR platform may also be launched in the near future. For the full Horizon Worlds broadcast schedule, check out the Oculus Blog.