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NCAA.com | March 29, 2018

NCAA March Madness in Virtual Reality: A step-by-step guide

For the third straight year, Turner Sports, in partnership with CBS, the NCAA, and Intel has released a virtual reality app — NCAA March Madness Live VR for Gear VR and Google Daydream devices. The app will stream live games from Dallas and Charlotte in the First and Second Rounds, the West Region from Los Angeles and East Region from Boston for the Sweet 16 and Elite 8, as well as the 2018 Final Four and National Championship Games from San Antonio.

The Schedule for Live VR Games;

  • First Round
  • Dallas, TX - Thursday, March 15th:
    • Wright State vs. Tennessee at 12:30pm ET.
    • Loyola-Chicago vs. Miami (FL) at 3:10pm ET.
    • Stephen F. Austin vs. Texas Tech at 7:27pm ET.
    • St. Bonaventure or UCLA vs. Florida at 9:57pm ET.
  • Charlotte, NC - Friday, March 16th:
    • Providence vs. Texas A&M at 12:15pm ET.
    • Lipscomb vs. North Carolina at 2:45pm ET.
    • Kansas State vs. Creighton at 6:50pm ET.
    • UMBC vs. Virginia at 9:20pm ET
  • Second Round
  • Dallas, TX - Saturday, March 17th:
    • Tennessee vs. Loyola-Chicago at 6:10pm ET
    • Texas Tech vs. Florida at 8:40pm ET
  • Charlotte, NC - Sunday, March 18th:
    • UNC vs. Texas A&M at 5:15pm ET
    • Kansas St vs. UMBC at 7:40pm ET
  • Sweet 16
    • Los Angeles, CA  - Thursday, March 22nd
      • Texas A&M vs. Michigan
      • Florida St. vs. Gonzaga
    • Boston, MA  - Friday, March 23rd
      • Texas Tech vs. Purdue
      • West Virginia vs. Villanova
  • Elite 8 
  • Los Angeles, CA  - Saturday, March 24th
  •  Florida St. vs. Michigan
  • Boston, MA - Sunday, March 25th
  •  Purdue vs. Villanova
  • Final Four 
  • San Antonio, TX - Saturday, March 31st:
  •  National Semifinal #1 at 6:09 pm ET – Loyola Chicago vs. Michigan
  •  National Semifinal #2 at 8:49 pm ET – Kansas vs. Villanova
  • National Championship Game
  • San Antonio, TX  - Monday, April 2nd
  •  Tip at 9:20 pm ET. – teams TBD

 

To access the app and stream the games in virtual reality, here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. First, you need to have either:
    1. A Gear VR headset and a compatible phone.
    2. A Daydream VR headset and a compatible phone.
  2. Getting started with your Gear VR and Daydream Headsets.
    1. If you haven’t used the Gear VR or Daydream headsets before, follow these instructions to get started;
      1. Gear VR Instructions
      2. Daydream Instructions

3.) Once you’ve gotten set up, there are three ways on each device to download NCAA March Madness Live VR:

Gear VR:

  • You can open the Oculus app on your smartphone and search in the store for “NCAA March Madness Live VR”.
  • When using the Gear VR headset, open the Store and browse to “NCAA March Madness Live VR” in the app catalog.
  • On your mobile phone or computer, click here to download the app.

Daydream VR:

  • You can open the Daydream or Google Play Store app on your smartphone and search in the store for “NCAA March Madness Live VR”.
  • When using the Daydream VR headset, open the Play Store and browse to “NCAA March Madness Live VR” in the app catalog.
  • On your mobile phone or computer, click here to download the app.

4.)Once you have downloaded NCAA March Madness Live VR, it will appear in your App Library, accessible whenever you insert the phone in your headset.

5.) Throughout the NCAA Tournament, there will be two VR Ticket options to view games in full   (Live and Full Replays): 

-Single VR Game – for $2.99 per game or Full VR Tournament – for $19.99, which will give you access to all 21 games available in VR. 

-Fans will be able to feel like they are sitting courtside with their favorite team, via fully-produced VR coverage incorporating multiple courtside cameras, sounds from inside the arena and dedicated game commentary.

6.) After you’ve enjoyed live games in VR, explore the app! You can catch up on highlights and view the bracket, watch top tournament moments, or view recaps in VR — all for free.