Google Earth VR Now Available for the Oculus Rift
Google announced that Google Earth VR will now be available for all Oculus Rift users, which will be able to navigate the world with their Touch controllers.
Google Earth VR for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift
The app first launched on Steam last year, exclusively for the HTC Vive VR headset, and it remained exclusive for 5 months until today. Now Google will allow any Oculus Rift owner to enter watch the most beautiful locations of Earth in Virtual Reality.
The company added a quick search feature that enables users to type in an address to automatically visit that location in VR. This makes it easier for those that find the Google Earth platform somewhat complicated.
“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.
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.”
Google is also adding 27 astounding new locations to Earth VR, these include Palermo in Italy, Mt Lassen in California, Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina, Table Mountain in South Africa, Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, and more.
The best news is that Google Earth VR is completely free and you can find it on Steam and Oculus Home.