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Google Earth VR Lands on Oculus Rift

New Google Earth update introduces search, new locations and Oculus Rift support.

Last week tech giant Google teased that there would be a big announcement about a new Google Earth experience which would be launched at an event that would line up with Earth Day. Google has now revealed what the update will entail.

Google Earth VR has been available for users of the HTC Vive since last year, allowing them to fly over the landscape and visit magnificent landmarks such as the Grand Canyon or Tower of London. The new update is introducing more locations to visit and look around, such as Table Mountain in South Africa, or Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, which was the inspiration behind the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. There are 27 new locations to be visited, and from now on, Oculus Rift users will be able to visit them as well.

Oculus Rift users have been able to use Google Earth VR before with the use of some clever tricks, but now the platform will be fully supported, along with support for Oculus Touch.

That isn’t all that has been introduced in the new update, however. For the first time it will be possible to search for the location you wish to travel to. A floating virtual keyboard will allow Google Earth VR users to type in a desired location, by specific address or just location name and then quickly travel there without needing to make repeated adjustments to try and find the exact spot you were after.

The updated version of Google Earth VR is available now, for free on both the Oculus Store and on Steam.

VRFocus will bring you information on other updates to Google Earth VR when they become available.

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