2 Years to Go: Tech Firms Racing to Offer New Ways of Watching Sports


Tokyo, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese telecommunications and electronics companies are racing to offer new ways of watching sports utilizing cutting-edge information and communications technology, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Softbank Corp. is developing a system to allow users to watch basketball and baseball matches from various angles through the displays of virtual reality headsets. Users can move their computer-generated avatars to any seats in virtual stadiums during matches.

Softbank plans to use technologies developed by a U.S. startup and others to create and stream virtual reality images of sport matches.

Images delivered under the current telecommunications standard are not always clear, with the shapes of players blurred. But the upcoming fifth-generation, or 5G, standard will help make images "as clear as viewing with the naked eye," a Softbank official said.

The 5G superfast, high-volume communication technology is expected to go into practical use in 2020.

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