Firefox brings virtual reality in the browser for PC users

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The much anticipated release of Mozilla Firefox 55.0 has been announced. Among numerous new features and updates, the latest version includes WebVR support. This is the first time support is being brought to users on different platforms.

VR comes to web browsers

WebVR, is a JavaScript API that takes any virtual reality headset or VR-capable device, and allows for  fully immersive 3D experiences right from a Web browser.

For virtual reality users, this means the ability to enjoy VR from any Web browser or device. Windows headset users are also gaining a new look into VR with this latest release.

Sean White, SVP, Emerging Technologies at Mozilla noted his pleasure in finally being able to release this after many years. “It’s fulfilling a dream many of us have shared for a very long time: to put virtual reality (VR) content on the web so anyone can interact with, build and enjoy it.”

The goal with Firefox 55, according to the company, is to make Firefox “better than ever.” Most of the improvements were made to boost browser performance. Faster startup and restoration of tabs, better battery life, an upgraded address bar search as well as a focus on safe sites, all offer greater user control and functionality with this release.

Perhaps what’s most promising about this latest release from Mozilla is that so many more people now have access to and are using the Web. New technologies are combining and making APIs and framework optimizations possible and costs on hardware are now at a price point that is leveling the playing field.

The company is working specifically with VR headset manufacturers Oculus and HTC to develop these technologies in hopes that new usages and applications for schools and for gamers, for example, will open up.

VR will change the world as we know it and WebVR will be a great platform for a new generation of immersive cross-platform experiences for the HTC Vive and others. We look forward to continuing the work with Mozilla and our Vive developer community to deliver mind blowing WebVR experiences.” said Rikard Steiber President Viveport and SVP Virtual Reality at HTC.