While the NFL’s deal with EA Sports and Madden NFL is as strong as ever, the league is slowly but surely beginning to diversify its portfolio of products, as it seeks to reach new audiences with the sport. And one example of that is a new deal inked between the NFL and sports technology firm StatusPRO, which will see it release a brand new first-person football experience on PSVR, presumably PSVR2.
While the project doesn’t have a name or screenshots yet, it’s described as an “annualised” title, which will see you take to the field from a first-person perspective. StatusPRO has previously worked with Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens to embed real-world players in virtual football scenarios, and the NFL believes this experience will help to make its virtual reality project that little bit more immersive.
“Virtual reality gaming is rapidly expanding and our partnership with StatusPRO allows us to explore a new immersive version of NFL gaming with support of the two largest VR platforms within this emerging space,” the NFL’s consumer products bigwig Joe Ruggiero said in a statement, as reported by CNET.
The plan is for the game to complement existing products, so there’ll be no overlap with Madden NFL here, as you’d expect. Our guess is that it’ll more closely resemble the excellent 2MD VR Football, which is an arcade-style football game where you play as the quarterback in increasingly challenging two-minute drill scenarios. You get to draw up the plays, audible them on the field, and execute as you work to hit a game-winning touchdown with two minutes on the clock.
We’re pretty excited for the potential here. The official NFL involvement means StatusPRO should be able to include real teams and stadiums, so even little details like walking out at MetLife could potentially be mindblowing in virtual reality. Pair that with the new PSVR2 Sense Controllers, which should make airing out the ball feel natural, and we may be able to live out our QB1 dreams at long last.
you hear that UK brethren ? PS acknowledges REAL football .
😜 i’m joking ! kinda . 😂
@nomither6 We like football and handegg here!
I would totally buy this if I could virtually take a knee, and then virtually receive death threats from "fans."
First experience is as Aaron Rodgers watching the underdog win at Lambeau in the playoffs again.
@aj102404 this one is the one
I was with you until you said MetLife. Nobody ever goes to that stadium voluntarily!
With the haptic feedback built into the headset, I can experience late stage CTE just like all my favorite gridiron heroes!
We should look at it historically and see which came first. Football or american football. If the American one came first then it's called football and ours is called British football. (British because it originated from there.
@lolwhatno Technically US came from Britain. So does that count?
As much as I love VR, I really can’t see this as the best way to replicate american football. Anything other than actually throwing and catching just can’t work from a first person perspective.
Now if it wasn’t first person then sure, being able to view any sports game, as we play it now, but with depth perception, will be a boon.
Wait 10 minutes…..
Play for a bit
Wait 10 minutes……
Play for a bit.
@NomNom Hmmm, that's true.
Then we sort it by most popular, which keeps American football called like that and Bri'ish football called football.
What's next? Virtual rounders....erm I mean baseball?
2k5 football had first person mode, and it was actually pretty good. I'm slightly interested.
@Jayslow That’s what I wanted that Creed boxing game to be like. Haptics simulating brain injuries while ADRIANNNN blasts through the headphones.
Ideally you'd have a shiner and a fractured orbital socket once the headset comes off.
This seems like it could be a big deal. I am excited to see more details about PSVR2.
Sounds awesome but I'm worried about the wire getting in the way while playing.
I couldnt care less about american football, however this is a great move for Sony in getting VR into the hands of mainstream audiences, cant wait to see more about the headset and its titles.
sammy are you a football fan? whos your favourite team?
@alexbolton2 New York Giants, unfortunately.
@get2sammyb oh you poor soul you lol
@get2sammyb I feel you..Detroit Lions here. #DefendTheDen!!! lol
@lolwhatno doesn't even make sense Americans calling it football because most of the time the balls in the hands not being kicked 😂
@Would_you_kindly Yep, it's really confusing + it's not even a ball.
Why don't they just call it foot-prolate spheroid if they really like the foot part.
P.s: Didn't know the rugby ball's shape had a name, interesting.
My plastic surgeon doesn't want me doing any activity where balls fly at my nose.
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