Now, Firefox users will be able to explore virtual reality technology in the browser, thanks to the support Mozilla has added for the Oculus Rift headset. An experimental build of Firefox, the Firefox Nightly, will give users the opportunity for experiencing this virtual reality technology. They will be able to use the VR headset to experience 3D surroundings inside the web pages. This will be possible with the support for the WebVR API.
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If you want to try the virtual reality experience in Firefox Nightly, you are required to download the browser. Then you need to install the WebVR Oculus Rift Enabler and open a relevant browser window which is known as a non e-10s. Mozilla has plans to provide WebVR support to the mainstream and beta version of Firefox in the future.
Tony Parisi from Vizi, the VR specialists, said in a presentation that WebVR was not yet ready for primetime on the Oculus. He said that software installation and the setup of the device was a bit cumbersome and there was still a latency issue.
However, he said that on experimental version of the Chromium browser and with the use of Google Cardboard, the support for WebVR is great. It provides users with the view of smooth 3D images at 60 fps.
Virtual Reality Headsets
Virtual reality headsets are yet to become widespread. But by the end of 2015, it is expected that the production of the consumer version of Oculus Rift is going to start. The final version is expected to have at least 2560 x 1440 resolution so that head tracking improves even more than the present developer versions.
The Samsung Gear VR is another headset which is available now and lets users create a VR head-mounted display by using a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.
Another cheaper option is to use the Google Cardboard which lets users to build their own VR headset by using an Android phone with Jelly Bean 4.1 or newer, with the cardboard headset.
Virtual reality is expected to get more interesting with so many companies working on making this technology more usable by consumers.
What do you think?
Do you think more browsers will now let web users experience virtual reality? Have you tried out the Oculus Rift headset? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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