Mozilla Is Launching A New Browser For AR And VR Headsets
Since most headset manufacturers are using their own browsers, Mozilla plans to create an open-source one that's easy for all developers to work with
Mozilla, a browser that has perhaps seen better days, is getting into mixed reality. The company announced the launch of Firefox Reality, a new open-source browser that aims to be compatible with any VR or AR headset. Since most headset developers already have their own, like Microsoft or Oculus, what Mozilla plans to do is create a common one that makes it easy for manufacturers to work with— regardless of the hardware they’re using.
According to VentureBeat, Mozilla has already been trying to increase accessibility to VR with WebVR, an open specification that allows users to view virtual reality content on a browser, which is supported by Google, Android and others. They also launched a Mixed Reality program in October of last year, which according to the press release focuses on “how to get devices, headsets, frameworks and toolsets to work together, so web developers can choose from a variety of tools and publishing methods to bring new immersive experiences online.”
Firefox Reality could be the beginning of a complete shift in how we access the Internet. First the browser will work with HTC Vive Focus and HTC Vive Wave platform devices, with plans to open testing for various other platforms. “Other solutions for browsing and accessing the web on stand-alone headsets exist, but they are closed, and platform specific. Firefox Reality will be independent and will work on a wide variety of devices and platforms,” reads the company’s announcement.
It’s definitely built for the future, with the hopes of tackling mixed reality questions like, “How do you type? How do you express emotion? How do you view the billions of existing 2D web pages as well as new 3D content? How do you communicate? Who maps the world and who controls what you see?” What Mozilla does know, however, is that Firefox Reality is about building experiences, not apps.