Earlier this morning Facebook released Sports Stadium:
Today we’re launching the Facebook Sports Stadium, a dedicated place to experience sports in real-time with your friends and the world.
Looking at the features of Sport Stadium, it’s a progressive enhancement on what was once called “watching the game”. With Facebook’s wording they are fully expecting to go beyond that passive practice and get people more involved. People are comparing it to Twitter Moments. I think they’re going to go well beyond that.
With this first step it’s going to allow:
- Posts from your friends, and their comments on plays
- Posts and commentary from experts, like teams, leagues and journalists, with easy access to their Pages
- Live scores, stats and a play-by-play
- Game info, like where to find the game on TV
Knowing Facebook they’re going to be collecting data on all of a person’s interactions with the app. It seems possible that with the release of Oculus Rift the next step will be to open this up to Virtual Reality which will create even more possibilities.
Who needs commentators on TV highlighting and outlining plays when you’re buddy swears they can do it better. In virtual reality with the game and information projected in-front and around you that may be possible. They could reach out their hand highlighting the play and sharing it with their friends.
You can follow the action as the game unfolds with a live play-by-play, and even like, comment on, and share individual plays. You can also get up to speed quickly with live scores and the most discussed plays. It’s a second-screen experience that we hope makes watching the broadcast even better.
Imagine feeling like your live in the stadium with your friends. Who knows how far the NFL will allow it. As we have previously blogged though there are indications they are getting on board with Virtual Reality – Virtual Reality Enhances Super Bowl Week.
Your fantasy football stats changing in your peripheral vision from live updates across the NFL. Watching multiple games at one time with a view and depth of you and your friends choosing. The yelling and screaming of your friends at their house across the country but virtual right next to you.
I’m looking forward to the number of possibilities an app like this will open up once it is on a virtual reality platform. If you don’t think Facebook is fully onboard with their wholly owned Oculus Rift and virtual reality future. Here is their account retweeting about pre-orders!
UPDATE: so the embedding of the retweet failed and it embedded just the original tweet. Facebook’s twitter account retweeted it. You can feel free to go double check their timeline.