Visit E3 2015 in virtual reality right now

For the first time, you can visit one of the world's great tech shows from your living room. CNET exclusively brings you the best sights, sounds and radical ideas from the show floor via VR video.

Lindsey Turrentine EVP, Content and Audience
Lindsey Turrentine is executive vice president for content and audience. She has helped shape digital media since digital media was born.
Lindsey Turrentine
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The Internet. Digital photography. Social media. Mobile. Once every few years, technology changes media so profoundly that the very people who create the words and videos that you read and watch must stop to completely reconsider everything we know about how to tell a story.

And now, virtual reality. Virtual reality video, whether you watch it on a your phone with the simple-but-genius Google Cardboard or on a finished headset like Samsung Gear VR or still-developer-only Oculus Rift , can take you to places and recreate experiences you may never be able to have in real life. That's why we've partnered with im360 to create the first VR report of its kind.

We're taking you -- right now, today -- straight to the E3 show floor. We're lucky enough to get to travel to amazing technology spectacles like this one, and we want to show you, through a true virtual experience, what it's like to attend the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the high-powered gaming conference that's only open to industry insiders.

You do not want to miss this. Tomorrow Daily hosts Ashley Esqueda and Khail Anonymous will take you straight to the most interesting spots on the E3 show floor. To watch in true VR, you'll need Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR -- there are instructions at the bottom of this article -- and you can watch both via iOS and Android.

Ashley Esqueda and Khail Anonymous plan a 360-degree shot. Josh Miller/CNET

But even if you don't own a VR headset, you can interact with this video. Just click and drag the video within the player above to experience a 360-degree, moving E3 show floor experience. Or, from your mobile device install the im360 app (links below), then click this link to pan around the video using your finger.

In just over two minutes, we'll take you to visit the games on display at the Xbox booth, see the Sony Project Morpheus demo room, and you'll even get to peer straight inside the Forza 6 driving simulator.

Giant thanks to our partners at im360 for making this production possible, and we're looking forward to producing much more VR video in the months to come. Let us know what you'd like us to capture in the future. And buckle up for the ride.

Viewing instructions for VR headsets

Google Cardboard

1. Download the im360 app from Google Play store or the Apple App Store on your mobile device.

2. Once you click this link to play the video on your mobile device, find and touch the "mode" button at top right of the screen. Click the 3D Side/Side option and the video will be ready to view.

Note: If you own an older Android device, this video may not work. Note your device model in the comments here and we'll ask our partners to add it to their library.

Samsung Gear VR

1. With your headset on, download the im360VR app from the device's Oculus store.

2. Find the CNET video in the im360VR app and enjoy.