Google Earth VR Brings the Entire World to HTC Vive

The HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD) allows users to see and experience all sorts of wonders, from the depths of the oceans to the solar system and much more. Today Google has announced the launch of Google Earth VR, giving an new immersive way to explore our planet.

The original Google Earth began life ten years ago, offing a basic look at the world through satellite imagery. Since then the company has expanded what the software can do, providing an in-depth look at the world around us. Now its been upgraded to for the virtual reality (VR) era, and users can head over to Steam to download Google Earth VR for free.

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Just as the standard version, Google Earth VR gives you the ability to flyover the Grand Canyon, explore the streets of Tokyo, head to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, discover the hidden gems of the Amazon rainforest and much much more. Besides being able to wander around the planet however you like, the software also provides cinematic tours and hand-picked destinations like the Manhattan skyline or Swiss Alps to provide a learning experience as much as a good view.

VRFocus previewed an early version during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015, with the technical demonstration using Google Maps.

While Google Earth VR is currently only available for HTC Vive further support is planned. Google hasn’t said which platforms are to be included, just that it’ll happen next year.

VRFocus will continue its coverage of Google, reporting back with any new VR announcements.