The Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball franchise has debuted its ‘Netaverse’ concept, a new virtual video initiative that enables fans to experience games like never before.
In partnership with local broadcast group the YES Network, the Nets launched the concept last weekend.
As detailed in YES Network’s explainer video on Twitter, the concept centres on over 100 high-resolution cameras being placed around the court at the Nets’ Barclays Center home arena.
Welcome to the Netaverse! @Grady details a historic debut. #netaverse pic.twitter.com/dmrtn09xd6
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) January 16, 2022
Footage gathered is fed into a Canon video system which generates lifelike renderings of players within seconds. According to YES Network, the concept is a “video game come to life in a volumetric space”.
The ‘Netaverse’ – which is a reference to the metaverse ‘virtual world’ concept – provides a 360-degree experience for viewers, allowing them to sample the action from anywhere within the arena, including on the court itself.
Barclays Center becomes the first arena to be fitted with the cameras, while the Nets are the first professional sports team in the US to use the technology.
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