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Google Earth VR Lets You Take a Virtual Vacation

Dave Parrack 17-11-2016

Google Earth Discover Jaw-Dropping Views & Experience Nature With These Google Earth Sites Have you got a great reason to do some armchair tourism? Maybe you're researching your next holiday destination, or looking to educate your kids, or you're unable to travel for real and looking to see... Read More has been educating and entertaining many of us for years. However, the development of new technologies means Google has new ways of letting us all explore our home planet. Virtual reality is surely made for this kind of thing. Cue Google Earth VR.


At 196.9 million square miles, planet Earth is rather big. I know, understatement of the year. It’s also beautiful, as anyone who has ever watched a David Attenborough documentary can attest. Sadly most of us will only ever actually visit a small portion of it in our lifetimes.

Thankfully, as is usually the case, Google has us covered, with a new app designed to help us all take virtual vacations. Google Earth VR lets you explore this giant ball of rock and water we call home from the comfort of your living room. And all you need is an HTC Vive.

Google Earth VR lets you fly over cities, explore famous landmarks, and hover over natural wonders. From your starting point in space you can even zoom right down to street level. The controls are simple, leaving you free to explore planet Earth as you see fit.

Exclusive to the HTC Vive

Google Earth VR is only available on the HTC Vive HTC Vive Review: Virtual Reality is Finally a Thing The HTC Vive for Steam VR redefines gaming, and more besides. It's the closest thing to a Holodeck I've ever seen. And it's absolutely incredible. Read More right now, and you’ll need to download it from the Steam Store. Thankfully, like all the best things in life, it’s free. Owners of other VR headsets needn’t feel left out, as Google has strongly suggested Google Earth VR will be launching on other platforms in the future.

Do you own the HTC Vive? What is your favorite VR app so far? Will you be downloading Google Earth VR? Which location will you be visiting first? Do you think virtual reality is here to stay or just a gimmick? Please let us know in the comments below!


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Related topics: Google, Google Earth, HTC Vive, Virtual Reality.

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