Google Earth VR gets Street View imagery upgrade


Google gave us the best use case for virtual reality by quietly putting the whole world within our reach with its Google Earth VR platform last year. The technology let you walk around your favorite cities or ‘teleport’ to the top of a mountain range in a jiffy, soaring through the sky like a bird!

And just when you thought this experience could not be any more amazing, Google picked up a bunch of Street View imagery and threw it into the mix! So now, if you point the controllers of your HTC Vive or Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets closer to the ground level, you may catch the ‘Street View available’ icon.

Dive right in, because you will be taken inside an immersive 360° photo which has been taken either by the Street View team or crowdsourced from other users around the globe (just like you see in Google Maps). This is what it’s going to look like:

Quite something, isn’t it? Right now, Google has made imagery from 85 countries available in this feature. Google recommends you start with fun spots like the AT&T Park in San Francisco, or head to Croatia to explore the King’s Landing from Game of Thrones (seen above).

Don’t own a VR headset?

Relax, you can still check out Street View in VR with your phone by downloading the Street View app for Daydream (Android) and Cardboard (iOS and Android), though we are hoping that Google adds more support for the platform soon. Bon voyage!

Ishveena is a geospatial enthusiast and a veteran of creating and managing compelling digital content for organizations and individuals. When she is not making magic at her desk, you are likely to find her exploring nature, eating her way through life, or binge-watching funny animal videos.