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How I became an NFL quarterback (in virtual reality)

It’s not every day you get to step into the shoes of an NFL quarterback, but that’s the entire premise of NFL Pro Era, the NFL’s first licensed virtual reality game. And the company behind the game, StatusPro, has co-founders who are former professional and college athletes.

At a game preview event, I put on a Meta Quest headset and became Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. I’m an occasional football fan, so I had no idea what kind of play I needed to make to score in the two-minute scrimmage against the Green Bay Packers, but there was pressure. I needed to throw this ball in the general direction of some brilliant teammate before I got fired, and hope for the best. (I scored! I like to think I made Tua proud.)

NFL Pro Era has you playing quarterback in virtual reality.

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NFL Pro Era isn’t designed for a full football game (and I don’t know if I’d feel very comfortable playing a full game in VR). It’s more about short-moment role-playing as a professional quarterback. Your throw is determined by how you release the trigger as you throw your arm. The game also allows you to throw the ball with friends in virtual reality. But there is something unique brewing behind this game. Could bringing the NFL into VR create a new audience interested in trying out VR gaming?

To see what the inside of the helmet looks like, check out the video embedded above for my hands-on experience and interviews with people at the event. For me, the really interesting thing to see is how this title evolves. It’s not every day you come across a company that wants to make a game that matches their own experiences in the field.

NFL Pro Era is available to download now for $30 on MetaQuest and soon in PlayStation VR Store.

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