Video: Watching NFL football in VR gives you the best seat in the house

Super Bowl 50 is mere days away, and while tickets are nearly impossible to pay for, there is a way for you to experience what it’s like to be a player on the gridiron without putting pads on.

Jaunt VR, perhaps best known for its Paul McCartney VR concert footage, has a new football demo at the interactive NFL Experience in San Francisco. The demo I tried was played on a Samsung Gear VR, and I found the fit to be comfortable if a little steamy after a while in the human-filled expanse of the Moscone Center. Jaunt VR also has a demo available on the Oculus Rift.

My biggest gripe with Jaunt’s offering was the resolution. It wasn’t terrible, but compared to another VR demo I tried (which I’ll have a video of shortly) at the NFL Experience, it just wasn’t crisp enough to be fully immersive. There was also the slightest lag that, if I moved my head too quickly, I began to feel a little woozy. But, if I took it slow, my stomach went back down my throat.

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Still, I could feel a smile break out on my face as the stadium lights came on, realistic-looking players ran onto the field and the roar of the crowd filled my Bose headphones. Jaunt VR’s demo even takes you into the locker room after the game, complete with half-naked linebackers.

Did I feel like a player on the field? More like a spectator lucky enough to get a pass, watching the action from a slightly higher POV than the actual players, but that’s kind of the point. As Miles Perkins, VP of marketing communications at Jaunt VR explained, the experience is like a ticket to a game you just can’t buy.

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I’m waiting on confirmation from Jaunt VR as to whether the football experience is widely available yet or will be down the line, but the company has a catalogue of experiences currently available for both its Android and iOS app.

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