Published On: Tue, Aug 1st, 2017

NextVR gives you a front row seat to the 2017 NBA Finals

Imagine this in virtual reality.
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The NBA Finals start Thursday night with yet another epic rematch between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.

You can livestream the action between LeBron James' Cavaliers and Steph Curry's Warriors on ABC. But, if you really want to feel like you're a part of the action without shelling out around $1,600 for a seat in Oakland's Oracle Arena, there's another option: VR.

The NBA partnered with NextVR to give fans the opportunity to watch highlights from the series as if you're in front row seats.

The only catch? You gotta have a Samsung Gear VR headset or Google Daydream View headset. (Sorry iPhone users!) Anyone with a compatible phone can download the NextVR app from the Google Play Store or Oculus Store. Here's what you need to know to get everything set up.

And as a bonus, if you missed any of the earlier games in the 2016-2017 season, you can always get yourself up to speed by watching archived games before the Finals kick off.

NextVR CEO David Cole recently weighed in on the benefits of the partnership.

"This has been a season of firsts for our partnership with the NBA and were thrilled to be able to deliver highlights from each game of the 2017 NBA Finals to our fans," Cole said in a statement. "After producing weekly live games, NBA All-Star coverage, and season highlights, the opportunity to deliver access to The Finals caps off an exciting 2016-17 season."

While plenty of leagues are embracing VR, including UFC, NASCAR, the NHL, and NFL, it's not clear whether fans are buying it. Still, with games getting so expensive, dropping $130 on a Samsung Gear VR doesn't seem like a terrible idea.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/01/watch-nba-finals-in-vr/

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NextVR gives you a front row seat to the 2017 NBA Finals