Firefox Reality VR Browser Comes to PC
Mozilla’s XR browser is now available as a PC version.
Launched in 2018, the Firefox Reality browser has been around for quite some time. It was one of the first browsers to be built for virtual reality. In its early days, it ran on smartphone-powered VR headsets like the Google Daydream and the Samsung Gear VR headsets.
These smartphone VR headsets are no longer available. They have been phased out to pave way for the standalone and PC-powered VR headsets that offer users a fuller and more immersive virtual reality experience. However, the Firefox Reality browser is still here in spite of the fact there have been new browsers such as those for the standalone Oculus Quest virtual reality headset. With smartphone VR gone, the long overdue PC version of the browser for the PC VR headsets is finally coming along.
According to Mozilla, the Firefox Reality for PC will offer users the same functions as those of the previously released standalone versions. Users will be able to view 2D websites along with 360-degree content as well as interactive WebVR and WebXR apps like Mozilla’s free VR meeting app Hubs.
Firefox Reality users will also be able to embed 2D web content in virtual reality apps at any time. For example, they will be able to play a virtual reality game while at the same time running a solution video on YouTube.
Mozilla has stated that the Firefox Reality Browser for PC will also offer the same security and privacy settings as those found in the regular Firefox desktop browser.
The preview version of the Firefox Reality browser will initially be available on Viveport and supports the popular SteamVR headsets like the Valve Index and the HTC Vive Cosmos or the Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Mozilla plans to publish other supported VR platforms soon.
Last year, Mozilla and Valve announced that they were planning to integrate Firefox Reality as the standard SteamVR browser. This is yet to happen. However, with the release of the PC version of Reality, they are edging closer to that reality.
In the Firefox Reality browser, WebXR replaces WebVR as the new standard for both virtual reality and augmented reality in the browser. Mozilla is also providing developers with a free introduction to WebXR and the WebXR Exporter while the WebVR apps can be reprogrammed into WebXR apps more easily.