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Google Earth VR: How to Tour World in VR Anytime
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Google Earth VR: How to Tour World in VR Anytime

Technology has allowed humans to transcend boundaries time and again and Google Earth VR is a great example of that. Whether you’re a full-blown traveler or simply explorers at heart, this Google invention lets you see the world in a click of a button.

While Google Earth has already been in existence for more than ten years now, its virtual reality counterpart is relatively new. Excitingly, you can still jump from one destination to another, but this time, it actually almost feels like you’re there.

Google Earth VR lets you “Explore the world from totally new perspectives. Stroll the streets of Tokyo, soar over Yosemite, or teleport across the globe,” through virtual reality says the developer.

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Where You Can Go With Google Earth VR:

You can visit any place in the world you wish to. Basically, it’s like Google Earth, only in virtual reality. From the Hoover Dam in Arizona to the Colosseum in Rome. You even have the option to either walk around (boring) or fly!

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How to Use Google Earth VR:

And while travel can get really expensive, Google Earth VR is currently free on Stream. For those without Stream yet, the first thing to do is download, by clicking here. After that, look for Google Earth VR in the store. Once you’re in the page for the app, the next step is to choose “Play Game” option to download the game. However, you have to make sure that you have a Stream account. If you don’t have one yet, simply create an account.

The game does require an internet connection of at least a broadband connection. It is available for Windows users of at least Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or later, Windows 10. With at least eight GB of RAM and a processor of Intel i5-6400, the game will work well. The game also requires good graphics with  Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9.

However, it seems the product is yet to be available on other VR devices other than HTC Vive.

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