Google Earth VR may be the killer app you’ve been waiting for

Google Earth is now available in virtual reality, which is comfortably the coolest thing to happen today.

The beloved globe-exploring software can be downloaded from the Steam Store today for use on the HTC Vive.

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The high-end headset has first dibs, but Google is rolling out the platform to other headsets from next year.

Earth VR

In a post on the Google blog the company explained Vive owners will be able to use the handheld remote to effortlessly “fly over a city, stand at the top of the highest peaks, and even soar into space.”

“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.”

You think that sounds cool? Check out this from Google’s VP of VR Clay Bavor

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While the release is a bonus for the Vive community, it’s a surprise the big G isn’t bringing the experience to Daydream View considering the company’s VR push is gaining momentum.

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