VR Headset Comparison for ​Google Street View and Virtual Tours

There are several options of VR Headsets on the market today. The following information aims to give you some insight into which one is the best option for you and to share with you the software applications that are currently available to view Google Street View and Google Virtual Tours.

Professional VR Headsets

Professional VR headsets give the best user experience and are compatible with all applications to view Google Street View and Virtual Tours. They do come with a higher price than a standalone VR headset and need to be connected to a high end PC. These headsets are a good solution when you need to give the best user experience and can dedicate a specific room for their use. They create an amazing immersive experience and are a great investment if you plan on using them for virtual training courses and presentations.

Standalone VR Headsets

Standalone VR headsets cannot run every application that can display Google Street View and Virtual Tours, but they do have some advantages. They are much more affordable than a professional VR headset. They do not require an expensive PC, and they can be taken anywhere. This makes them a great solution for sharing the experience with others while keeping the expense relatively low.

Cell Phone VR Headsets

Cell Phone VR headsets are the most affordable option but do not create the immersive experience that professional or standalone VR headset provides. 

VR Software for Viewing Street View and Google Virtual Tours

Google Earth VR, Wander, Google Street View app 

Google Earth VR
Wander
Street View
GoThru
Custom VR Experience
Google Earth VR

Google Earth VR

Google Earth VR puts the whole world within your reach. It utilizes all of the mapping data that Google has acquired and allows you to see the world through 3D modeled renderings and 360 panoramic photography (Street View & Google Virtual Tours). Google Earth VR needs a very powerful computer and VR headset. Currently it is supported only by the professional VR headsets listed above.

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Wander

Wander

The Wander app was created to allow users to view Google Street View and Virtual Tours on the Oculus Go and Oculus Quest. My favorite feature in this app is the ability to save your favorite scenes. You can also create a folder for a project and name and save several scenes to share with others.

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Street View

Street View mobile app

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GoThru

GoThru Navigator & GoThru for Oculus Go / Quest

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Custom VR Experience

Custom VR Experience

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VR Experiences

Here are a few VR experiences that we have prepared for several different headsets and applications.

Google Cardboard - VR Experience

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Oculus Go / Quest - Wander VR Experience

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Gothru - Custom VR Experience

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