Firefox Is Working On a Firefox Reality Browser for VR and AR
The Mozilla Foundation has unveiled their latest project, Firefox Reality. This new version of the popular browser is built from the ground up for the ‘next generation of standalone VR and AR headsets’. The Reality browser should offer the best browsing experience on these devices.
As you’d expect, Firefox Reality is quite similar to the regular Firefox browser, but this special version features code from the experimental web engine Servo. At the moment, the Reality browser is already operation on Google Daydream and Samsung Gear VR devices, but it’s clear that Mozilla is aiming for standalone headsets and augmented reality solutions as well.
A short sneak peek preview of the VR/AR interface has been posted online, and Mozilla plans to release more details about this specific browser in the next weeks.
The development of Firefox Reality doesn’t exactly come as a large surprise, as the company had already announced late last year that they would be giving attention to VR and AR applications for web developers. They’ve been actively developing frameworks and tools specifically for the input, as this differs greatly on a VR or AR headset compared to a regular smartphone or computer. A Daydream or Gear VR controller is currently being used for navigation and text input.