CNN and NextVR are teaming up to bring the Democratic presidential debate to VR this October. While NextVR captured the recent CNN Ronald Reagan Debate in VR, the upcoming Democratic debate will be the first to be livestreamed in VR.
On October 13th, Gear VR owners will get a chance to sit in on CNN’s coverage of 2016 Democratic presidential election debate as it happens live, broadcast to the mobile VR headset directly from Las Vegas, NV.
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The Republican debate earlier in September also saw NextVR’s camera array, which recorded the event in 3D 180-degrees from several vantage points. Since the Democratic debate is going to be livestreamed, you’ll be able to catch all the political gaffs and, audience reactions as if you were actually there (and that beautiful man, Anderson Cooper).
Upon viewing the Republican debate through the NextVR’s Gear VR app—taking place before the ever-imposing Air Force 1 jet—I noticed that some faces were hard to make out in the lineup of 11 candidates. Although some of the larger-than-life moments can be lost this way, like the epic low-five given by Jeb Bush to the hand of Donald Trump, you’ll have a chance to experience the debate as a live audience member, for better or for worse.
NextVR has tested several livestreamed sporting events from the NHL, NASCAR, and US Open Golf, but this will be the first livestreamed news event the company broadcasts.