Firefox has launched a new browser for virtual reality. It is something very different from what you have seen before—different from Chrome’s WebVR support launched a while ago. Firefox Reality is a web browser that is used within a VR headset (for more Virtual Reality News, click here). Among several other things, you can browse 2D and 3D internet without moving your mouse, search things, and even more.
The new browser will be available on the Oculus, Viveport and Daydream platforms. Firefox Reality has been designed to run on the latest standalone mobile headsets such as Facebook’s Oculus Go and Lenovo Mirage Solo.
“Virtual Reality is set to change the future of web interaction. The ability for anyone to access and enjoy VR experiences is critical. This is why Mozilla set out to bring virtual reality to web browsers, and why we are enabling WebVR in Firefox,” a statement on the Mozilla website read when the company first announced WebVR in Firefox.
Mozilla obviously has a long way to go with Firefox Reality and this evident from the fact that it is just version 1.0. changes are bound to come and we might be years away from having that perfect VR browser. That said, it is a brilliant idea to start a virtual reality browser project that will probably lead to bigger things soon.
“This is version 1.0 of Firefox Reality and version 1.1 is right around the corner. We have an always-growing list of ideas and features that we are working to add to make this the best browser for mixed reality. We will also be listening and react quickly when we need to provide bug fixes and other minor updates.”
I am already liking some of its features—voice search for instance—it helps you skip using the keyboard. What that means is that you can search the internet just by using your voice.
It would seem the entire Firefox Reality project was built on feedback received from those who matter in the VR industry:
“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 said.
Plans are ongoing to partner with creators around the world to add collection of games, videos, environments—which can all be accessed directly from the home screen.
Virtual reality is catching up with millions of people all over the world, and the possibility of having more industries throw their hearts into the ring is very high.