Escapism is perhaps the greatest appeal of virtual reality - being able to visit another world, or transport yourself through time to catch a glimpse of things that you'd never normally experience in everyday life. But Google is hoping to appeal to users' wanderlust by offering them the opportunity to explore our entire planet in virtual reality.
Google Earth VR is now available, allowing users to navigate the entire globe from the comfort of their homes through a virtual reality headset. "With Earth VR," Google says, "you can fly over a city, stand at the top of the highest peaks, and even soar into space."
While you can navigate at your leisure, Google Earth VR also includes "cinematic tours and hand-picked destinations", which will take you to far-flung locations, from the Grand Canyon and New York City, to the Swiss Alps and the Amazon river.
Google Earth VR is available now via the Steam VR Store as a free download, and is launching exclusively on the HTC Vive. Google says that it will be available across other VR platforms next year.