Mozilla announced through a blog post at the beginning of the month its plans of releasing a new Firefox web version, Firefox 55. Scheduled for release this Tuesday, August 08, this is set to come with Virtual Reality (VR) support through the addition of WebVR.
Coming just a short while after the June speed boost, Firefox will become the third internet browser to offer full VR support. The other two, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, also added this feature earlier this year.
VR Support for Firefox and its Functionality
Firefox’s WebVR will be available for use to all Windows users that have an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset. Thanks to this standard, the browser should be capable of running virtual reality experiences.
WebVR was already available even before the release of Firefox 55. It came with Firefox Nightly which is a pre-release version of the browser. The VR standard also had a limited availability in the Mozilla-sponsored Servo. This is a browser engine that was built by individual developers.
Mozilla’s announcement states that “In the coming months, all of the browser makers are working to share our WebVR compliance tests, led by Microsoft and rapidly picked up by other engines. This collaborative effort will help ensure that content works across multiple platforms and implementations, increasing the reach of the content.”
Besides adding VR support to its browser, Mozilla also encouraged content developers to start using A-Frame or React VR, which targets WebVR, for developing VR.
Besides its VR support, Firefox 55 will also be reportedly coming with a new tool, Firefox Screenshots. Still in beta testing, this will reportedly be saving screenshots automatically to the cloud. From there, it will be copying them to the clipboard. These screenshots are set to expire in two weeks time unless the user manually configures them to last longer.
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