Watch the Olympics with virtual reality viewer

(NBC News) Samsung is offering a new way to experience the Olympics this year-- through virtual reality.

This is the first year that the world's biggest sporting event can be experienced through VR, allowing sports fans to get a front row seat to the games without having to leave the country.

"Everything from the opening ceremony to the closing will be capturing incredibly powerful first person video from the event," Director of Samsung's Immersive Products, Tom Harding, says.

The Samsung headset needed for viewing is relatively affordable at around $100. Users will also need a compatible Samsung device and the free NBC sports app.

Over 100 hours of virtual reality content will be available throughout the Olympics.