Mozilla Adds VR Features to Firefox for Oculus Rift Support
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Mozilla, the company behind the popular web browser Firefox, has been making a strong push toward bringing an innovative virtual reality experience to the Web.
Last Year, Mozilla launched MozVR, an experimental version of Firefox developed specifically to support web-based virtual reality apps and could be experienced with the Oculus Rift VR headset.
Earlier this week, Mozilla continues to enhance its VR capabilities with its recent announcement that WebVR support has now been added to its experimental Firefox Nightly builds.
With the support for WebVR, an API that makes it easier for the browser to connect with virtual reality devices, users will be able to immerse themselves into 3D environments from inside the browser.
According to the recent announcement blog post on the MozVR website, Vladimir Vukicevic, engineering director, at Mozilla stated, “We’ve been working on adding VR capabilities to the Web for some months now, with the goal of making VR a first class citizen on the Web. Today, we’re taking another step towards this by adding core VR support directly to our Firefox Nightly builds.”
Now, with WebVR directly supported, developers can expect all future VR capabilities to be developed alongside other Firefox improvements, and not require a separate Firefox build to be downloaded each time as before. However, a small, plugin must still be installed by developers who use Firefox Nightly builds in order for the Oculus Rift headset to work.
“While VR support will be enabled in our Nightly and Developer Edition (Alpha) builds, it will currently be automatically disabled in Beta and Release builds. We’re still making rapid improvements and changes to both the VR interfaces and the necessary platform support pieces,” Vukicevic said.
While the new Firefox builds supporting VR only currently works with the Oculus Rift, Mozilla says it plans to eventually include built-in support for Linux, Firefox for Android, and Google’s Cardboard.
The experimental build of Firefox Nightly can be downloaded from the official site.