The exciting possibilities of virtual reality are perhaps most clearly shown with the recent release of Google Earth VR.
As the name suggests, this is an incredible way of seeing the Earth in all its glory by using a virtual reality headset on Google Earth.
This means that you can walk down streets anywhere on the planet, zoom over mountains and basically explore the Earth in the way that best suits you. Google has packed in all 196.9 square miles of our dear old Blue Planet, so there is a huge amount of variety to choose from.
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If you aren’t sure where to get started then Google has very nicely set up some cool tours and curated destinations to get you going. These include trips to Manhattan, the Grand Canyon and the mighty Amazon River.
Fans of Google Sky will be disappointed that there is no VR version of this amazing app yet, but with Google Earth VR you can still fly out to the very edge of space and then look back at the planet below you.
It has been released on Steam and is now available for free, so anyone with a compatible HTC Vive headset can get going on finding out more about the planet they live on in this way. It will be released on additional platforms in the next year, we have been told.
Would you love to explore the Earth in glorious VR, or is there something else you really want to do with a virtual reality headset?