Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to Debate in Virtual Reality, Courtesy of CNN

CNN to Give the Democratic Presidential Debate the VR-Treatment

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Hillary Clinton at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
Hillary Clinton at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

There seems to be a virtual reality experience for almost anything these days, including the upcoming Democratic presidential primary debate among Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and others.

CNN will live-stream the debate on Oct. 13 in full 3-D immersive virtual reality, allowing viewers to watch from the perspective of an audience member, the company said Friday. The experience is available to viewers who have a Samsung GearVR virtual reality headset and smartphone.

The debate will be the first major live event to receive the virtual reality treatment, though several TV networks have been experimenting with VR.

ABC News this week debuted a virtual-reality experience that took viewers to the streets of Damascus, Syria; MTV hosted a virtual reality stream of the red carpet of this summer's "Video Music Awards"; Discovery introduced Discovery VR, rendering franchises like "Mythbusters" and "Gold Rush" in virtual reality.

CNN quietly tested the virtual reality experience during its recent Republican debate, it said.

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