Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Mozilla rolls out Firefox Reality VR browser

Mozilla rolls out Firefox Reality VR browser

Earlier this year, Mozilla announced that it had been working on a brand new web browser called "Firefox Reality". Whether you're visiting a standard site or diving into augmented reality, Mozilla's tool is ready.

Firefox Reality is built from scratch for virtual reality, and the team dedicated a lot of its resources to making sure the experience feels natural and intuitive on VR headsets. Here Mozilla seems to want to become a distribution channel more in the style of other stores such as VivePort, Oculus or DayDream.

When you first open up Firefox Reality, you'll find a curated feed of the type of immersive sights and sounds that stretch the tech's muscles.

That's about the extent of Firefox Reality's current VR, AR, or mixed reality-specific features.

We needed to review everything, including navigation, text input, environment, search options and much more. "This required years of research, and countless conversations with users, content creators, and hardware partners", said Andre Vrignaud, head of mixed reality platform strategy at Mozilla. The result is a browser that is built for the medium it serves.

If you are users of virtual reality or mixed reality glasses, you will have verified that in the field of browsers there was not a single browser that was specifically developed for this area.

It makes sure that users have the possibility to browse the Internet through voice commands that are interpreted by the VR glasses and thus try to lessen the input of text when searching for content on the web. In addition to browsing, Firefox Reality will provide a range of immersive games, videos, environments and virtual reality experiences.

Behind the scenes, Firefox Reality uses the new Quantum engine for mobile browsers. Concerning privacy, the company has added an anonymous tab just like in the original version. Since this is the first version, Firefox Reality now doesn't have features like bookmarks and 360-degree video support, but these will be coming soon.

Firefox Reality 1.0 is available now in the HTC Vive, Oculus and Daydream app stores.

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