Firefox to bring virtual reality to the web

Firefox is adding native support for virtual reality devices such as the Oculus Rift to its Web browser, developer Vladimir Vukićević said this week in a blog post.

We are adding native support for VR devices to early experimental builds of Firefox, so that Web developers can start experimenting with adding VR interactivity to their websites and content,” he wrote. “This is only the first of many steps that we’ll be taking over the coming weeks and months.”

Cloud Party, which  ran in a browser, was closed when Yahoo acquired it earlier this year.

Cloud Party, which ran in a browser, was closed when Yahoo acquired it earlier this year.

In particular, that means support for WebGL — which was used most recently by the Cloud Party virtual world to create a Second Life-style immersive experience right in a Web browser, no download required.

The end result should make it easier to create Web-based virtual world browsers without worrying about making it work with particular equipment.

For example, in the case of the Oculus Rift, content should not need to apply the Rift-specific distortion rendering effect,” wrote Vukićević, who is Mozilla’s engineering director in charge of gaming and special projects.

Google Chrome might follow soon, as well, according to a post by Google developer Brandon Jones.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

  • Red Solar

    Cool. Looking forward to see how it works out.

    I miss Cloud Party. :( Was an interesting piece of tech to play with.

  • Tricia A.

    I was so excited about this new development that I wrote about it here: http://www.onlinecomputertips.com/software/firefox_vr_080414.html. I hope even average tech folks will take note of this and be prepared for the great possibilities ahead.