Firefox heads toward virtual reality for the Web

By June 30, 2014March 24th, 2020Newswires

Mozilla releases prototype versions of the Firefox browser that work with Oculus Rift and any other VR headsets. Google shows a nibble of interest for Chrome, too.

By Stephen Shankland

Mozilla programmers have begun a project to adapt the Web for virtual-reality interfaces such as the Oculus Rift, starting with test versions of its own Firefox browser.

In virtual reality, computer-generated sensory input substitutes for actual reality persuasively enough that a person feels present in the electronic realm — strap on the goggles, and you’re fully immersed in an interactive 3D scene. It’s been a hot area of research for years, but now Oculus has begun convincing the world that virtual reality is going to move out of the lab and into the real world, so to speak.

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