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Can the NFL Push Virtual Reality Into the Mainstream?

First NFL-licensed VR game, NFL Pro Era, aims to attract football fans to Meta Quest and Playstation headsets.

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One of the hurdles to virtual reality going mainstream has been a lack of hit content to lure the masses. The National Football League and two former football players are trying to change that.

A few years ago, Troy Jones, who played quarterback in college, and Andrew Hawkins, a former NFL wide receiver, pitched the league and the NFL Players Association on a virtual reality video game. The duo, co-founders of StatusPro, won the licenses earlier this year and last week NFL Pro Era debuted for download on Meta Platforms Inc.’s Meta Quest 2 and Sony’s PlayStation VR.