Mozilla’s next version of Firefox browser accepts WebVR



Mozilla plans to release a version of its Firefox browser that embraces a version of virtual reality for the web. In 2014, Mozilla developers including Vladimir Vukicevic has put together a concept called WebVR. The idea is let to web browsers navigate virtual realms, and make it easier for people to create a VR world once that would work on all sorts of devices.

WebVR is the major platform feature shipping in Firefox 55, Mozilla says. Firefox users with an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset will able to experience VR content on the web. WebVR is an important part of keeping keep us supplied with games, tourist attractions, educational lessons and other interesting things to do in virtual realms.

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WebVR is also important for Mozilla. The nonprofit organization fighting to reclaim its relevance and restore its reputation after Firefox slid into Chrome’s shadow in recent years. The work to get Firefox back into fighting trim will culminate with Firefox 57.

There’s plenty of VR hardware available from high-end headsets to basic models like, which relies on the user phone to show VR views. With WebVR, it’s principle easier to build of VR destinations because developers don’t have to re-create them for each device. Some VR headsets don’t support WebVR, and some browsers don’t support all devices.

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Sean White senior vice-president of emerging technologies, said, Mozilla has high hopes for VR. The company has been working with VR for more than two decades.

In the long term, white and Mozilla CEO Chris Beard, think VR could be eclipsed by AR. VR immerses users in fully computerized worlds of VR, but AR overlays computer-generated imagery atop the real world.

Mozilla said, VR will bring AR quickly as a mass-market opportunity. Browsers play a very meaningful role.