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Google Earth VR Experience Available Now For Oculus Rift

Google Earth VR app

Killer features in Google Earth VR app for Oculus Rift platform is that the god-like ability to control the sun.

Google Earth got a massive update recently, also with that, the company also brings Google Earth VR app to the Oculus Rift store. This feature was limited only for the HTC Vive users since the end of 2016, and Now Google brings this to Oculus Rift users, which will boost the audience directly for both the companies.

Many digital Giants got a chance to travel the whole world in VR with the Oculus Rift at the Google event in New York City.

Google Earth VR app works more or less same for both of the platforms, but for Oculus Rift it will come up with new Facebook Touch controllers.

The controllers will let you start from the space with the impressive feature to zoom and take an in-depth look of almost every place on the earth using the right-hand controller. Secondarily, index trigger provides the functionality for rotating the camera horizontally.

Google Earth VR app

Google states Maps is powered with satellite imagery as well as aerial photography — the latter often looks better and is prevalent in featured places, like Florence, Italy. Colombo, Sri Lanka only used satellite imagery, and while it still looked great, it wasn’t as impressive.

Talking about the featured content — while pressing the Y button on the left-hand side controller opens up the overlay menu, which will let you scroll throughout the featured places to visit around the earth.

Along with that, you can also browse smoothly throughout some exciting cinematic Tours of select areas within the app, and these are gorgeous shots mixed with heart-warming music that may or may not makes your eyes well up.

One of the spotted and killer features in Google Earth VR for Oculus Rift platform is that the god-like ability to control the sun. You can easily explore the source of light, and by clicking it and dragging it down the horizon to mask the world in darkness to have a look at the gorgeous blue sky up with the Milky Way.

Ujjwal Sahay
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