(Pocket-lint) - The BBC's World Cup VR app is now live on Android, iOS and Gear VR and will be available on PlayStation VR later today, in time for the first World Cup match between Russia and Saudi Arabia. 

If you want to be in a World Cup stadium this summer but haven't got a ticket or Russian visa, the BBC is offering a way to get the full experience from the comfort of your own arm chair.

As part of a virtual reality trial, the Beeb is offering live coverage of all 33 BBC World Cup matches to be viewed through VR headsets. It will place you in your own private box as you watch the action unfold.

The experience will be akin to that of the presentation crew in the ground. A giant window will look out onto the pitch as you sit on a virtual BBC Sport sofa.

You will also be able to access live match statistics that pop up from a virtual coffee table. And you will be able to switch your view to behind either goal.

The VR experience will even be available when there are no live matches to view - such as when games are being shown on ITV instead - with highlights and other on-demand content on offer.

The BBC Sport VR - FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 app is available to download now for free, and for now you can access the lobby. When the tournament starts later today, you will be able to access other areas of the private VR box.

Writing by Rik Henderson.