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VISO Places (Gear VR)

VISO Places

The VR Shop - Silver Award
System: Samsung Gear VR
Price at Time Of Review: Free
Comfort Rating: Green (No Movement)
Genre: Tool/App
Input: Gamepad, Touchpad
Best Playing Position: Sitting, Standing
Multi-Player: No
Age Rating: PG

VISO Places

Description: This app uses data from Google StreetView but is not an official Google product. See the world with your friends in VR. Includes speech recognition for searching, voice-chat enabled group exploration, Wikipedia integration, multiple navigation modes and more.

Review: When first starting StreetView VR you get a short tutorial how to use it and it’s very easy and intuitive. You can teleport to the next image by a tap on the touchpad, use voice search to go to a new location or open a map where you can choose any place you like via voice or virtual keypad. The map is also the main menu where you can access other nifty features. The above mentioned Wikipedia integration is cool, but even better is the group chat. You can join public chats (not available very often), open your own public chat or make it private and just invite friends. How about going scuba diving at the Barrier Reef with some mates, or doing some trekking in the Grand Canyon with your best mate without getting off your sofa?

This is one of my favourite apps on my Gear VR. It’s so much more than just having a look at pretty StreetView pictures. You feel like you’re really there. The immersion is incredible, it’s fun and travelling within the app can become addictive. The chat feature gives it a welcome social aspect too. This should be near the very top of your app list.

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