Mozilla’s VR-enabled Firefox browser Now Open for External Testing
Last year in November, Mozilla launched MozVR.com, a virtual reality website aimed at offering a more immersive, three dimensional web experience. The platform is designed to help devise and promote unique navigation solutions, and provide developers with resources for working on web VR.
Mozilla has now started letting external developers use a test version of its VR-enabled Firefox browser, via MozVR, which will be compatible with VR headsets like the Oculus Rift. If the beta version of the technology proves viable, Firefox users may soon be able to enjoy a native VR web experience on their headsets.
Mozilla believes its new WebVR browser could open up an entirely new canvas for developers to build their own VR websites. To assist them in working on web VR, the company will be sharing solutions including code, tools, and tutorials on MozVR and GitHub.
Just last week in a VR web-based demo, Mozilla showcased websites that allowed users to experience helicopter flight over a desert canyon and Alaskan bay.
In addition, the VR-enabled Firefox will enhance your browsing experience as well, making it more interactive – all built from the ground up for virtual reality. The navigation interface is designed to be as seamless:
- Users can move from one site to another “without friction;”
- Menus appear as unobtrusive layers that can be easily summoned or dismissed;
- Clicking on a link is just like dissolving one VR world into the next; and
- The browser will have no plugins, installs or interruptions.
The latest move to open up testing to more developers, will help Mozilla capitalize on feedback from more sources and take the next step towards developing a more customized, fully-interactive Web.