While sports in general haven’t featured greatly in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), baseball is one sport that is definitely under represented in the industry. Now baseball fans can play an AR videogame developed by Jordan Edelson and launched by Appetizer Mobile called Portalball.
In Portalball, players can hit, catch and throw incoming balls into portals that randomly open up in the surrounding 360-degree reality based playing field. The game utilises the smartphone or tablets camera to superimpose these portals on the players surrounding environment and can be played solo or in multiplayer mode.
Reported by USA Today, supporting and helping promote the app is New York Yankee Manager Joe Girardi, who was interviewed by the news outlet. Girardi admitted that he doesn’t play many videogames but said why he wanted to get involved: “I do sometimes during downtime play a game here and there. To me it was important to get involved because it’s also another way to stay connected with my kids.”
Another reason Girardi is involved is that some of the proceeds for the videogame will be going to his Catch 25 Foundation charity, which looks to help those who have fallen on hard times for various reasons.
Portalball is a free app on iOS and Android, but does come with in-app purchasing options. VRFocus will continue to report on all the latest news and releases involving VR and AR titles.