Virtual reality is gradually getting all the attention it needs to make that much-anticipated breakthrough. On Thursday, Google officially announced that WebVR is coming to Chrome; this makes it easier to discover content spontaneously.
It means you can now easily navigate to a specific webpage, click on a WebVR experience, and navigate it with your finger if that’s how you want it. You can also toss your phone into your Daydream View to have a more immersive experience. This is particularly very interesting when you consider that using VR on your phone used to be a deliberate experience.
How does WebVR help content creators? WebVR helps creators and companies to dig into the world of creating VR experience without the need to host them in a native VR app, reports TechCrunch. Adding it to the Google Chrome browser will enable websites host 360-degree videos that people can view, and support complete experience with the Daydream headset and controller.
“With the latest version of Chrome, we’re bringing VR to the web—making it as easy to step inside Air Force One as it is to access your favorite webpage,” said Megan Lindsay, Chrome’s product manager.
This is probably the best time to get the Chrome browser on your Android phone update—and that’s if you already have a Daydream VR headset. The experience, according to Lindsay, is something you won’t want to miss out on.
“You can already try out some great VR-enabled sites, with more coming soon. For example, explore the intersection of humans, nature and technology in the interactive documentary Bear 71. Questioning how we see the world through the lens of technology, this story blurs the lines between the wild world and the wired one.”
Not to worry if you don’t have a headset; you can view VR content on any phone or desktop computer and interact using your finger or mouse. Google is planning on adding more VR-enabled sites in no distant future, you better watch out for that.
The company also promised to bring virtual reality to everyone regardless of the kind of device they use:
“We want to bring VR to everyone on any device, and in the coming months we’ll add support for more headsets, including Google Cardboard. Try out these VR-enabled sites to be one of the first to experience the magic of VR on the web.”
Google’s adventure into VR began in 2015 when reports surfaced online that the company was working on a virtual reality version of Android. This, according to the WSJ, would be a software platform that could be available to anyone to build virtual reality apps. Google, according to the report had “tens of engineers” working on developing a version of Android that will power VR apps.
Competition seems to be brewing among major players as Sony, Facebook, and Microsoft already are already taking the market by storm. Everyone seems to be securing a place in the market, which makes it easier to understand what Google is planning to do.