Houston Rockets to be featured in first VR-enabled game this season

Houston Rockets (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets will tip off a schedule of NBA games available in virtual reality when they face the New Orleans Pelicans on October 26th.

The NBA has always been at the forefront of working with newer technology to enhance the experience for their fans, and this season is no exception. On Wednesday, NBA.com released a full schedule of games that will be available in VR this season, and the first matchup will feature Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans visiting the Houston Rockets at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 26th.

Even better for fans of the Rockets, the game will be one of six games that will be broadcast free as part of the NBA’s free League Pass games, meaning a subscription to NBA League Pass will not be required. In order to catch the action, viewers will need to have a compatible virtual reality device, which you can learn more about here.

Considering the excitement surrounding the Houston Rockets this season after trading for superstar Russell Westbrook, the decision to have them featured in the premiere VR game for the NBA this season makes sense. The game will be the second one of the regular season for James Harden and company, as opening night will feature Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks visiting the Toyota Center on October 24th.

Adam Silver’s willingness to adapt and work with growing technology can only keep improving experiences for Rockets and NBA fans alike. While the Rockets will only be featured in one of the 26 games available in VR this season, the excitement the team is likely to generate this season will likely lead to more in the future.

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Fans that aren’t lucky enough to attend live games have a rare opportunity to enjoy the Houston Rockets in a way that’s almost just as entertaining when October 26th comes around. If you don’t have a VR device, now might be the best time to do some shopping.