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Google Brings Street View to Earth VR App

Scoping out a new place in Google Street View? Now you can check out the scene in virtual reality.

Google on Thursday announced it is bringing Street View to Earth VR, its free app that works with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets. The update will let you explore Street View imagery from 85 countries right from Earth VR.

To access the new imagery, "just fly down closer to street level, check your controller to see if Street View is available and enter an immersive 360-degree photo," Google Earth VR Product Manager Joanna Kim wrote in a blog post. "You'll find photos from the Street View team and those shared by people all around the world."

Kim recommended checking out places like AT&T Park in San Francisco, or the Old Port in Croatia, where you can see King's Landing from Game of Thrones.

Launched in November 2016, the Earth VR app lets you walk around urban canyons as if you are a giant, crouch down to see what's going on at street level, and stand up again for a bird's-eye view. You can also fly through landscapes as Superman would.

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If you don' have an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, no worries: you can also check out Street View in VR on your phone by downloading the Street View app for Daydream or Cardboard.

Meanwhile, this new feature comes after Google in April released a revamped version of Google Earth for Chrome and Android that aims to educate users about the world around them. The star of the new Google Earth is Voyager, a feature that lets you take interactive guided tours of places like Tanzania's Gombe Natural Park or the Grand Canyon.

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