See the entire world in virtual form with Google Earth VR for HTC Vive

If you own an HTC Vive VR headset, you can now view the entire planet Earth in virtual reality. Google has just launched Google Earth VR, a version of its popular Google Earth web application that allows people to not only see the Earth suspended in space but also to dive in and view specific locations on the planet.

Google Earth VR is designed to offer people a chance to soar over a great city, get a great view from the highest mountain or just casually fly and check out the wonders of the planet. In addition to just free roaming of the Earth, the VR app also offer specific guided tours for a number of locations, including a journey down the Amazon River, a look at the skyscrapers and landmarks of Manhattan, the deep rocky locations in the Grand Canyon, the snowy mountain tops of the Swiss Alps, and more.

Best of all, the Google Earth VR app is free and can be downloaded right now from Valve’s Steam store. Google says it plans to bring the app to other VR platforms in 2017. We would bet big money that one of them will be its own Daydream View smartphone VR headset. If you own the HTC Vive, will you be checking out Google Earth VR?

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