If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to be like Superman to fly around the sky while looking down on everyone (literally), then if you have a compatible virtual reality headset, you can make use of the new Google Earth app to do that. The ever popular application is now available in the virtual reality platform, and upon entering said app, you will be able to virtually fly around practically anywhere you want while sitting inside the comforts of your own home.
Google Earth Virtual Reality App Lets You Fly From Florence, Italy to San Francisco While You’re Sitting Inside Your Own Home
It has been recently announced that the Google Earth is now available for the virtual reality platform, and it is free for download through the Steam gaming distribution service. At the time of writing, only HTC Vive users are able to take advantage of the application. However, it has been reported that Google has plans to make it available for other headsets in the future.
There has already been a video demo about the Google Earth Virtual Reality app wherein a women is wearing the HTC Vive VR Headset. She was seen hovering around a virtual representation of Tokyo’s skyscrapers. Aside from looking at the buildings from the land of the rising sun, she was also shown to be flying around a virtual representation of the granite canyons located in Yosemite National Park. She was seen using the HTC Vive’s touch controller to steer around.
The Google VR product manager, Mike Podwal, wrote the following in a blog post: “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.”
It should also be noted that the Google Earth app for the virtual reality platform requires a bit of a hefty computing system for it to run properly. This should come as to little to no surprise for many, since using a virtual reality headset attached to a computer means that it needs compatible hardware to run the system with, and it has already been known for quite some time that VR tech needs a powerful system to operate with the recommended efficiency. In other words, to run a VR headset properly, you would need high-end graphics cards, along with other costly computer system hardware.
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