US Open exhibit pits you towards Maria Sharapova in VR

US Open exhibit pits you against Maria Sharapova in VR

From actual-time match updates to efficiency analytics and the Hawk-Eye, the US Open has been upping its know-how quotient over the previous few years. This yr the 2-week grand slam event is opening its exhausting courts to digital actuality with the “You vs. Sharapova” expertise. When you’ve got a ticket to observe the reside motion on the USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle, you possibly can swing by one of many three VR stations and strap on an HTC Vive to be Maria Sharapova’s opponent.

It is all a part of American Categorical’ shopper slash fan expertise on the event. As an alternative of passively watching or standing nonetheless, as is the case with most VR experiences, you get to swing a racket in an try and return Sharapova’s 100MPH simulated serve on the courtroom. The CGI-model of the world no 2 athlete was reportedly created in a California VR studio over 9 hours. “I feel our sport has grown a lot as a result of we as gamers have been capable of get nearer to the followers, particularly by means of social media,” Sharapova advised ESPN.com. “This takes it to a different degree.”

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