Watch today’s presidential debate in VR

AltspaceVR's Democracy Plaza. (Image courtesy AltspaceVR and NBC News.)

AltspaceVR’s Democracy Plaza. (Image courtesy AltspaceVR and NBC News.)

NBC is partnering with AltspaceVR to bring viewers virtual reality feel of the U.S. Presidential debates and will be streaming the second debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tonight at the AltSpace VR’s Democracy Plaza at 8.30 p.m eastern time.

Users of AltSpaceVR will be able to join the main debate watching event or create their own custom parties with friends.

Viewers will be able to watch the debate using AltspaceVR app for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Samsung Gear VR. Google Cardboard is not supported. However, those without compatible headsets can still stream the 2D version on AltspaceVR’s website,

NBC and AltSpaceVR streamed the first of the three debates on October 4 and will also stream the third at 8:30 p.m eastern time on October 19. It is also streamed other election related or themed events including a question and answer session with MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki and will host an Election Night at 6:00 p.m eastern time on November 11.

Today’s debate, which will be divided into nine segments of about 10 minutes each, will be moderated by Anderson Cooper, anchor for CNN. Half of the questions will be asked by the moderator and the other half by citizens.

The virtual Democracy Plaza is a virtual reality recreation of the real Democracy Plaza at the Rockefeller Center in New York City so viewers can feel like they are actually there.

David Kariuki

David Kariuki is a technology journalist who has a wide range of experience reporting about modern technology solutions. A graduate of Kenya's Moi University, he also writes for Cleanleap, and has previously worked for Resources Quarterly and Construction Review.

  • Carlos Loff

    I hope greefing, at least throwing shoes, is allowed – Oh, and I hope they have a shield helmet for Trump – How is it possible that a CREATURE like Trump can go so far ? Is the US really getting mind-fumigated by all those chemtrails ???

    • Da Hayward

      well i think rl politics is left better in rl.
      who needs it here?

      • I think the idea here is about the extent to which VR is going mainstream — that NBC is willing to invest the time and effort it takes to set this up.

        • Da Hayward

          oh yes fantastic effort involved by all involved there is no doubt about that

  • Priceless – virtual reality.

  • JC

    The simple Limitations of VR are laid bare here to see. No matter how good VR get’s at some far future time, who would ever choose to select a candidate for any important role, leave alone the most powerful political position in the world, by VR as opposed to RL. I guess the answer is a Human being. Yes folks, we are that crazy. But I agree with Maria here, the astounding facts are that the corporate leviathan called VR has enough power at this time to force the media to appear to acknowledge its pervading dominance.