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NCAA.com | April 8, 2019

How to watch 2019 NCAA March Madness games in virtual reality

March Madness virtual reality

For the fourth 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 Oculus Go devices. 

The app will stream 21 live games in virtual reality, with games from each round of the tournament including the Final Four and National Championship. You can purchase a virtual ticket to stream either a single game or all VR games throughout the tourney. In addition, for free you can watch VR highlights, check the bracket, and see exclusive video content in the app.

Live VR game schedule (all times ET)

First round:

Date Game Time Location/Region
Thursday, March 21

Auburn vs. New Mexico State

1:20 p.m.

Salt Lake City/Midwest
Thursday, March 21

Kansas vs. Northeastern

4:20 p.m.

Salt Lake City/Midwest
Thursday, March 21

Gonzaga vs. F. Dickinson/Prairie View

7:15 p.m.

Salt Lake City/West
Thursday, March 21

Syracuse vs. Baylor

9:55 p.m.

Salt Lake City/West
Friday, March 22

Kansas State vs. UC Irvine

1:50 p.m.

San Jose/South
Friday, March 22

Wisconsin vs. Oregon

4:20 p.m.

San Jose/South
Friday, March 22

Mississippi State vs. Liberty

7:15 p.m.

San Jose/East
Friday, March 22

Virginia Tech vs. Saint Louis

9:55 p.m.

San Jose/East
 

Second round:

Date Game Time Location/Region
Saturday, March 23 Gonzaga vs. Baylor 7:10 p.m. Salt Lake City
Saturday, March 23 Kansas vs. Auburn 9:40 p.m. Salt Lake City
Sunday, March 24 Liberty vs. Virginia Tech 7:10 p.m. San Jose
Sunday, March 24 Oregon vs. UC Irvine 9:40 p.m. San Jose

Sweet 16:

Date Game Time Location
Thursday, March 28 Florida St. vs. Gonzaga 7:09 p.m. Anaheim, Calif.
Thursday, March 28 Texas Tech vs. Michigan After Game Above Anaheim, Calif.
Friday, March 29 LSU vs. Michigan State 7:09 p.m. Washington, D.C.
Friday, March 29 Virginia Tech vs. Duke After Game Above Washington, D.C.

Elite Eight:

Date Game Time Location/Region
Saturday, March 30 Texas Tech vs. Gonzaga 6:09 p.m. Anaheim, Calif.
Sunday, March 31 Michigan St. vs. Duke 5:05 p.m. Washington, D.C.

Final Four:

Date Game Time Location/Region
Saturday, April 6 Auburn vs. Virginia 6:09 p.m. Minneapolis
Saturday, April 6 Texas Tech vs. Michigan State 8:49 p.m. Minneapolis

National Championship:

Date Game Time Location/Region
Monday, April 8 Texas Tech vs. Virginia 9:20 p.m. Minneapolis

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 a Gear VR headset and a compatible phone or an Oculus Go headset.
  2. If you haven’t used the Gear VR or Oculus Go headsets before, follow these instructions to get started;

      3. Once your headset is set up, there are a few different ways on each device to download NCAA March Madness Live VR:

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

     4. Once you have downloaded NCAA March Madness Live VR, it will appear in your App Library, accessible whenever you put on your headset.
      5. Throughout the NCAA tournament, there will be two VR Ticket options to view games in full – either live or a full-game replay: 

  • Single VR Game – for $2.99 per game
  • VR Tournament Ticket (Sweet 16 through National Championship) – $9.99, which will give you access to all 21 games available in VR. 

Once you’ve downloaded the app and purchased a ticket to watch live, you’ll feel like you are sitting courtside with your favorite team, via fully-produced VR coverage incorporating multiple courtside cameras, sounds from inside the arena and dedicated game commentary. 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.

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