How to watch the US presidential debates in VR

September 25, 2016

NBC has teamed with AltSpaceVR to stream the U.S. presidential debate Monday night Sept. 26 live in virtual reality for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Samsung Gear VR devices.

Or as late-night comic Jimmy Fallon put it, “If you’re wearing a VR headset, it will be like the candidates are lying right to your face.”

You’ll be watching the debate on a virtual screen in NBC’s “Virtual Democracy Plaza.” AltSpaceVR will also stream three other debates and Election Night on Nov. 8, as well as other VR events. You can also host your own debate watch party and make it public or friends-only.

NBC plans to host related VR events running up to the elections, including watch parties for debates, Q&A sessions with political experts, and political comedy shows.

To participate, download the AltSpace VR app for Vive, Rift, or Gear VR; also available in 2D mode for PC, Mac, Netflix, YouTube, and Twitch.

The debates will also be livestreamed on YouTube, and by Twitter (partnering with Bloomberg) and Facebook, partnering with ABC News.