Google Earth launches in virtual reality, coming first to HTC Vive

Google plans to support more VR platforms in 2017, so you can fly around the world.
Written by Jake Smith, Contributor

Google announced on November 16 the launch of Google Earth in virtual reality through the HTC Vive headset.

Now available on the Steam Store, Google Earth will allow HTC Vive users to fly over a city, stand on top of mountain peaks, and soar into space.

Google has included several pre-set tours and destinations to find the real treasure spots of our world, within the VR app.

CNET spent hands-on time with the new app, noting a comfortable and immersive experience.

The VR version of Google Earth began as a "20 percent" project when the Oculus Rift development unit was released in 2013.

Google released Daydream, its virtual reality platform, alongside its VR headset and Pixel smartphone last month.

Despite this, Google isn't shying away from other VR platforms like the HTC Vive.

Google Earth will launch on other platforms next year, according to the company. We suspect Daydream support won't be long.

Gallery: Daydream View is Google's first VR headset

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