Street View support comes to Google Earth VR


Google announced yesterday the coming launch of Street View for the Google Earth VR app. The update will let users to enjoy Street View images from 85 countries provided by the Street View team as well as pictures shared by users from around the world.Before you get too excited about Street View in VR, double check that you own either an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, otherwise you won’t be able to explore the planet in virtual reality.

However, given you’ve got the necessary hardware then nothing will stop you from walking along the canals of Venice, climbing the Mount Kilimanjaro, or strolling in the streets of lovely Budapest.

“There’s no shortage of things to do or ways to explore. We love this sense of possibility, so we’re bringing Street View to Earth VR to make it easier for you to see and experience the world,” says Joanna Kim, Product Manager, Google Earth VR. Kim also says, “Just fly down closer to street level, check your controller to see if Street View is available and enter an immersive 360 degree photo. You’ll find photos from the Street View team and those shared by people all around the world.”

In their blog post, Google suggested a number of places to check out – from San Francisco’s AT&T Park to the region of Croatia where Game of Thrones’ King’s Landing was filmed.

The update is available for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, but Street View VR can also be viewed on a phone via the Street View app with Daydream and Cardboard.