Virtual reality (VR) sporting experiences don’t necessarily have to be about the player getting a workout; they can also be used to simulate the high-stakes action that professional players witness. That much can be seen in titles like VR Sports Challenge from Sanzaru Games, but it’s also evident in a new experience from a startup named STRIVR. The company has recently revealed a new project on display at Madison Square Gardens which allows players to step into the skates of a goalie in the NHL.
Using the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD), players can become New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Fortune reports. Using a mix of real-time 360 degree video and computer generated effects players will be able to try their hand at defending five shots, each of which is randomly generated. The HTC Vive’s position-tracked controllers are used to provide realistic control of both the hockey stick and blocker pad. The shots themselves some from team mates such as Kevin Hayes, Jesper Fast, and Oscar Lindberg. Rangers broadcast Sam Rosen will also narrate the proceedings.
The experience can be found at the main concourse in Madison Square Gardens, and lasts for two minutes overall. It’s not clear how long it will be stationed at the venue, nor if STRIVR and its partners have any plans to bring the experience to those at home once the HTC Vive itself launches in April 2016.
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