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Obamas Show Off White House in Virtual Reality

 Obamas Show Off White House in Virtual Reality

With just one week to go before he leaves office, President Obama is giving citizens a look inside the White House like never before.

The president and first lady teamed up with Facebook's Oculus to film a tour of the place they have called home for the past eight years in virtual reality. The tour, dubbed "The People's House: Inside the White House with Barack and Michelle Obama," launched today as a 360-degree video on Facebook and Oculus Video for the Rift and Gear VR. Check it out below.

Strap on your VR headset if you have one, or just watch on your phone or desktop, and "experience nine famous areas of the White House, as seen through the president and first lady's eyes," the Oculus team wrote in a blog post about the new experience. The tour even includes some spaces not open to the public, like the Oval Office.

If you're watching on your mobile device, just move your handset up, down, and all around to check out 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue from all angles as the Obamas tell you about the place. You can also put in your headphones to hear "360 audio" in all directions. If you watch on your desktop, you can click and drag your mouse to get a better look around.

The tour is just over 8 minutes long, but a "longer, even more immersive VR version" is slated to arrive for Rift and Gear VR soon, the Oculus team said.

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