This virtual reality 'Westworld' experience is the coolest thing we've seen at New York Comic Con

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Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for "Westworld."

One of the coolest things to do at New York Comic Con this year is a virtual reality experience of "Westworld," HBO's newest drama set in a sci-fi/western world.

The premise of the show is that humans have advanced robotic technology to a point where androids can no longer be visibly distinguished from humans. A company called Delos builds a huge theme park, styled to look like the late-1800s Wild West, and populated it with these robotic "hosts."

Obviously the Westworld park is not real, but HBO has done a lot to market the show, including creating a fake "Discover Westworld" website which allows anyone to chat with a "robot host" named Aeden and releasing a "Delos Incorporated" website that looks like the internal forum for Delos employees.

Now there's a temporary pop-up location in New York City, designed to look like the Delos arrival area, where fans of the show can play "guest" for 15 minutes in a virtual reality experience.

Scroll down to see what it's like inside the elaborate "Westworld" set up.

Comic Con attendees have to make an appointment first at a booth in the main Javits Center building (Level 1E, Booth 1ECC12A).

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You receive a thick metal card with the appointment time written on the back. This is your ticket into the off-site, virtual reality experience, located just a couple blocks away.

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Upon entering, you'll see a minimally furnished room with sleek lighting. "Hosts" dressed in all white will greet you and give a mini orientation.

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