Flickr today announced its new virtual reality app for the Samsung Gear VR headset, allowing people to experience 360° photos hosted on the service through an immersive virtual reality experience. The photo sharing service began teasing this new VR experience back in September.
The Samsung Gear VR is a $100 virtual reality headset that was developed in collaboration with Facebook’s Oculus VR.
Flickr photographers have uploaded tens of thousands of 360° photos over the years, and now Flickr is providing a new way to experience them through a VR headset.
After installing the app by following the instructions on Flickr’s new VR page, put on your headset and load up the app. You’ll see a carousel of top curated 360° photos.
Select one, and you’ll be transported to that place. Look around in any direction to feel like you’re actually standing where the photographer was.
Don’t have a VR headset? You can still explore the photos by dragging around in the frame:
Flickr says it’s working on other 360° photo features and experiences for both VR headsets and for mobile devices, and that this new app “is just the beginning.” Stay tuned.