The VR industry has expanded beyond video games and reached browsers, allowing developers to interact more with creating VR content and making it more accessible to the wider public. Google Chrome has recently received WebVR support, but it seems it’s not the only browser which wants to experiment. Mozilla joined the ranks, as the latest browser version, Firefox 55 also supports WebVR.
All three major browsers got WebVR support
If you use Firefox and own a VR set, such as Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, you will soon be able to see how VR looks like on the web. This now makes the list complete, as all three major browsers benefit from WebVR support.
Microsoft Edge also received support for WebVR with the latest Windows 10 update. However, these capabilities are not fully accessible at the moment. VR on Chrome works only for Android devices, while Microsoft Edge needs to be run in developer’s mode and requires a Windows 10 Creators Update or newer.
Mozilla first announced the introduction of WebVR support in June 2017. They had previously held a special workshop where developers found out how to better include VR experiences in a browser, and benefitted from the collaboration of the community.
The Firefox 55 update offers many other features
Now that WebVR will soon become widely accessible, all browsers will cooperate and try to bring the best experiences for the users. Also, Mozilla wants to encourage more developers to learn how to produce and play with VR content for the web.
Firefox 55 brings some other features apart from WebVR support. Firefox Screenshots has been undergoing beta testing since July 2017, and will bring incorporated screenshot capabilities to the browser. The feature will make it easier to capture an entire webpage or only a part of the screen, and then download it immediately as a picture.
Apart from these features, Firefox 55 will bring performance improvements, as well as the regular security updates. It started rolling out automatically on all browsers on August 8th, and prepares users for the major Firefox update scheduled for November 14th.
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