A group of scientists at MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute have managed to generate broadcast quality 3D soccer video using real-time 2D footage from the FIFA 2013 video game. The resulting video can be used on a 3D TV or experienced via a virtual reality headset.
The researchers created a comprehensive database of tens of thousands of video game screenshots along with their corresponding 3D maps. These are designed to reflect the most commonly seen camera angles and game situations seen in TV broadcasts of soccer games.
As soon as 3D televisions became a reality, sports fans have wondered when 3D viewing technology will be applied to the sport-viewing experience. This dream is now starting to come true, and sports fans can look forward to enjoying 3D viewing in the very near future.