1Google Earth VR
Introducing Google Earth VR, our next step to help the world see the world. With Earth VR, you can fly over a city, stand at the edge of a mountain, and even soar into space. Google Earth VR is available now on Steam for the HTC Vive.
The world has so many beautiful and amazing places to visit. If we’re lucky, we’re able to travel and see a few of them. But even the most active travelers can only see a fraction. Now, at 196.9 million square miles, we know the world is pretty big, so we’ve made it easy to find great places to visit. Earth VR comes with cinematic tours and hand-picked destinations that send you to the Amazon River, the Manhattan skyline, the Grand Canyon, the Swiss Alps, and more.
Of course, Google hasn’t really mapped out the entire world – it’s not like you can visit your favorite bagel shop – but it looks like a really fun way to explore the planet with a bird’s-eye view.
Unfortunately, the app is limited to the HTC Vive for now – other platforms will arrive next year. It would’ve been a nice way to show off Google’s new Daydream VR platform, but it’s also likely the app requires more processing power than what a smartphone is currently capable of.
Google Earth VR is a simple but awesome concept. Basically, don a VR headset, and then fly to various destinations around the world. Basically, you get to be Superman for a day.
Ten years ago, Google Earth began as an effort to help people everywhere explore our planet. And now, with more than two billion downloads, many have. Today, we are introducing Google Earth VR as our next step to help the world see the world. With Earth VR, you can fly over a city, stand at the top of the highest peaks, and even soar into space.