Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Firefox Virtual Reality Really

Firefox Virtual Reality Really

It's an open source, independent application created to be accessible on a wide variety of devices. The browser is cross-platform, open-source, and brings an attention to privacy like Firefox's flagship browser.

At launch, Firefox Reality will support the HTC Vive Focus and HTC Vive Wave platform devices, though Mozilla is opening up developer support for testing through other platforms, including Google's Daydream and Samsung's Gear VR, among other Qualcomm SVR-based headsets.

Consider this reveal another notable moment as enthusiasts keep tabs on the state of virtual reality.

'We believe that the future of the web will be heavily intertwined with virtual and augmented reality, and that future will live through browsers.

Mozilla today announced that they are working on a web browser named Firefox Reality for virtual and augmented reality (or mixed reality) headsets.

Being open source and independent, the new browser can be added to different platforms easily. Mozilla, however, wants people to use Firefox Reality on a variety of devices and not a specific headset brand. The company is taking that a step further with Firefox Reality. The new browser will use experimental engine Servo.

Meanwhile, claiming to take privacy in the new browser seriously, the company says, "We don't yet have all the answers for what privacy looks like in this new medium, but we are committed to finding the solution".

This is a browser that is built for the future. For the record, you can see that the interface resembles the usual browser, and it is controlled by VR controller. Firefox was the first browser to implement WebVR - an open standard for sharing and enjoying virtual reality content through a web URL.

The future of mixed reality is about delivering experiences, not about building applications. Exciting things are coming.

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