How to watch the Virtual Reality nominees before the Emmy Awards

How to watch the Virtual Reality nominees before the Emmy Awards

This Sunday's awards show features six VR experiences. Here's how to see them before the event.

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By: Alyssa Haddad

The 69th Emmy Awards airs this Sunday on September 17th — with six nods given to achievements in the virtual reality (VR) medium. While as of this year there is not a separate category for VR nominations, their impressive representation at the 2017 awards ceremony is a promising step towards bringing the medium to a wider audience. Want to know how to watch these six programs before the big night next week? Let's break them down by category.

Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program

The Mr. Robot Virtual Reality Experience

Produced by Anonymous Content and Universal Cable Productions, this VR experience into the hit USA Network drama gave fans a 360-degree insight into a key moment from Elliot's past. Originally streamed on the Within VR app, the Mr. Robot Virtual Reality Experience was highly praised for its integration with the high-tech themes of the show. US Network has a step-by-step set of instructions on how to view the special feature.

Stranger Things VR Experience

This hit Netflix series was a must-watch after its premiere last summer and is currently up for three other Emmy nominations. But at this year's Comic Con in San Diego, fans got to witness a haunting 360-degree experience through HTC Vive. For fans that did not attend, you can watch it on YouTube with your trusty Google Cardboard headset.

The Simpsons – Planet Of The Couches

This long-running FOX series is no stranger to breaking barriers and scoring big at the Emmy's. To celebrate their 600th episode, The Simpsons collaborated with Google for a virtual take on their iconic couch gag. It is available on Android and iOS with a Google Cardboard viewer.

Outstanding Original Interactive Program

Dear Angelica

This immersive short story about a girl who lost her actress mother at a young age and reconnects with her by watching old films was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and is setting the standard of VR programming. It can be viewed with an Oculus system.

Mission: ISS

Who among us doesn't wish they could take a trip into Space? Mission: ISS turns viewers into astronauts by allowing them to experience life on board the International Space Station. By using an Oculus system, you can dock a space capsule, take a spacewalk, and let real astronauts guide you through archival video clips. Now if only they provided freeze-dried ice cream.

The People's House – Inside the White House With Barack And Michelle Obama

In this Tribeca Film Festival pick, the former President and First Lady take viewers on a personal tour of the White House. For most people, this once in a lifetime tour is now right at their fingertips, so long as you have an Oculus.

Virtual reality systems such as Oculus and Google Cardboard viewers are making such a splash that they're turning into entertainment essentials. Tune in to this year's Emmy Awards on September 17th at 8 PM EST to find out if any of these virtual reality programs take home a trophy. Win or lose, including VR is a historic achievement for the future of television.

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