Microsoft envisions a future in which people watch NFL games with HoloLens

As part of its HoloLens development, Microsoft is looking into ways to tie it in with its lucrative NFL partnership. That means potentially experiencing football in a whole new way.


Microsoft has certainly been at the forefront of finding new ways to affect the game of professional football. As part of its partnership with the NFL, players and coaches have transitioned to using Surface tablets on the sidelines to help draw up plays. Users at home have seen the NFL experience come to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs through the use of the dedicated NFL app. But a big part of the partnership is planning for the future and that future looks to include Microsoft HoloLens.

Yesterday, Microsoft released a video showing the potential of utilizing augmented 360 degree video to allow HoloLens users to watch full-blown NFL games. Many of the TV network elements, like the on-screen scoreboard and player stats, are still present, but viewers will also get to look around the stadium, bring up individual player stats, and even analyze routes.

The idea of using virtual reality for sports is not a new one. It was one of the first ideas for non-gaming VR that Facebook cited in its original statement when it acquired Oculus back in 2014. However, Microsoft's augmented reality approach shows some amazing potential. It may be a bit unwieldly to use in a party atmosphere, but anyone enjoying a Sunday Night Footbal game home alone will certainly get some good use out of this concept.

Get a glimpse of what's coming in the future in the video below.

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    February 3, 2016 12:05 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Microsoft envisions a future in which people watch NFL games with HoloLens

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      February 3, 2016 12:36 PM

      D'oh. I wanted to instantly say this was stupid and pointless. But, honestly, I could see the fantasy league stuff being big with that crowd. Plus, the table stuff, or seeing stats overlayed on the vr field on the floor/table would be really interesting. See cumulative stats about the game; like when the commentary decides to put the pass routes up on the screen. Hololens would allow you to keep it up the whole time and be updated realtime. So, taking that out of hands of the TV crew. Yep, I like that.

      Now, if MS could have the product out and this kind of stat display tech for the Olympics??? HUGE opportunity. Pain to have to wait for TV to show/re-show standings or stats of the performance as it's happening. But, I'd love to see those stats throughout the games. We can't have it in time for this Olympics. So, come on MS, aim for Winter Games 2018 or Summer Olympics 2020! Show the entire world what the tech can do.

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        February 3, 2016 1:03 PM

        Yea, it looks a lot kooler than i thought it would!

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      February 3, 2016 2:53 PM

      I must be an old fart because I just don't 'get' the fascination of displaying as much useless information to the viewer as possible as though we're all football coaches. Give me a big screen tv showing the game minus the distracting on-field graphics, a plate of sausages or a large pizza, and a comfy couch. Done. Then again I don't buy the annual iteration of Madden Football and I'm not near the sports fan I used to be.

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      February 3, 2016 3:14 PM

      the minecraft stuff they showed at e3 is still leagues more impressive than anything shown here except maybe the live-play-on-the-table thing which is kind of similar. i want to be the RTS camera.

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        February 3, 2016 3:16 PM

        the most unrealistic part of this whole demo is the idea that the NFL is going to suddenly start showing games with a useful camera angle by default

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          February 3, 2016 3:21 PM

          i got the impression that the hololens broadcast FoV would be so wide that it wouldn't really matter, but they've got so much to prove that i'll keep my expectations at 0 for now

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            February 3, 2016 3:31 PM

            the hololens could only show what the networks broadcast. The networks broadcast with shitty camera angles, and not for lack of big enough TVs in homes.

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      February 3, 2016 3:37 PM

      I just can't wait to see all the insane next generation porn that's gonna come from this technology.

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