You will now be able to experience virtual reality as you go about surfing the web. Google has made it possible for users to browse the web in virtual reality. Now Google Chrome is supporting WebVR which will let web surfers use virtual reality headsets like the Google Cardboard or the Oculus Rift with it. According to Brandon Jones from Google, the Windows and OS X versions of Chrome will support the WebVR.
Virtual Reality with Google Chrome
If you own the Oculus Rift, you will be able to browse the web and experience virtual reality. Right now, that doesn’t mean that you will be in some 3D environment and check your email or your preferred sites.
The aim of Google for adding VR support to its browser is an ambitious one. It can bring about a complete change in the way you shop online. Google plans to make it possible for users to shop from sites like Amazon in virtual reality. If that is done, you can choose any product and see it from any angle. You will also be able to check out everything a store has to offer in VR and then decide on making your purchase.
WebVR Support- Not a first for Chrome
While Google has just added the VR support to its browser Google Chrome, it is not the first company to do so. Mozilla was the first company to introduce WebVR for its browser Firefox, after it had added Oculus Rift functionality to its browser.
However, Google has understood that browsing the web in virtual reality, might not be a transformative experience for the users. So, it is planning to make the experience more useful and entertaining for the users so that they find the interest to use the Oculus Rift with Google Chrome.
As of now, only Oculus Rift functionality has been added to Chrome, but Google is working on adding support for its own VR headset, the Cardboard.
It is still a long way before the consumers can actually have this virtual experience while shopping online or browsing the web.
Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Kit
What do you think?
Do you think by adding WebVR support to its browser, Google will be able to get more users? Will it change the way in which people shop today online? Share your insights in the comments below.
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