When Virtual Reality (VR) debuted on the horizon, it was heralded as the ‘next big thing’ in technology space. From the humble Google Cardboard to Oculus Rift, numerous VR headsets were launched to showcase the promising applications and exciting feature of Virtual Reality. But then interest in it fizzled out, especially after the arrival of even more advanced technologies like Mixed Reality (MR) and Augmented Reality (AR).
However, if you thought VR is no longer a thing, you couldn’t be more wrong. Virtual Reality is still alive and kicking, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Want proof? How about a web browser that works with VR headsets?
Yep, you read that right! Mozilla has launched ‘Firefox Reality’, a brand-new web browser that’s intended to be used in Virtual Reality environments. It works with many popular VR headsets like Oculus Go, HTC Viveport, and Google Daydream.
According to a report by XDA Developers, Firefox Reality has been built from scratch by Mozilla’s Mixed Reality team. The browser supports both immersive web experiences and conventional 2D web browsing, with the ability to switch between the two easily. There’s voice search included in the mix as well, which should come in handy, since typing with a VR headset strapped to one’s head isn’t exactly easy.
The browser uses Firefox Quantum, which is claimed to be Mozilla’s fastest web-page rendering engine. Since this is the first version, Firefox Reality currently doesn’t have features like bookmarks and 360-degree video support, but these will be coming soon.
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“We spent a lot of time talking to early VR headset owners. We asked questions like: “What is missing?” “Do you love your device?” And “If not, why?” The feedback we heard the most was that users were having a hard time finding new games and experiences. This is why we built a feed of amazing content into the home screen of Firefox Reality,” Andre Vrignaud, Head of Mixed Reality Platform Strategy at Mozilla was quoted as saying in the official release notes.