'Mr. Robot' gets a nationwide VR experience for Comic-Con

Tune in with your phone or headset on July 21st at 1:45PM Eastern.

That online season premiere isn't the only elusive Mr. Robot video that you can watch this month. USA Network and Within are partnering on a Mr. Robot Virtual Reality Experinece that will be simulcast across the US on July 21st at 1:45PM Eastern, the same day that San Diego Comic-Con gets underway. Neither company is spoiling the surprise for the 12-minute short, but Within teases that you'll get an "important flashback" from Elliot's past. And no, this isn't throwaway material. Series creator Sam Esmail wrote and directed this, so it should maintain Mr. Robot's signature off-kilter style.

The simulcast is a one-time-only affair, although there will be opportunities to watch afterwards. Uber is even providing the VR experience on-demand in San Diego through July 24th. You won't have to be picky about how you watch, at any rate. It'll work through the Within apps on Android (including Gear VR), iOS, the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. The simulcast is undoubtedly something of a gimmick. At the same time, it'll also represent a rare, nationally-shared VR experiment -- there will be thousands upon thousands of viewers to talk to when it's all said and done.