Mozilla Firefox Adds Browser Based Virtual Reality Feature

Mozilla has added core virtual reality support to its Firefox Nightly builds. Mozilla has long desired to bring VR functionality to the mainstream Web. Adding VR capability to Firefox's development version takes Mozilla one step closer to making its goal a reality. WebVR constitutes an API designed for VR content for browsers.

Prior to the inclusion of WebVR in the core Nightly builds, users were required to download a separate build of Firefox to utilize VR functionality. Now and moving forward, VR functionality will develop with other continuous improvements in the Firefox ecosystem. While WebVR is now included in core Nightly builds, an add-on must be installed to integrate with the Oculus Rift headset.

To experience WebVR content with the headset, a user must first install the latest version of Firefox Nightly. Second, the user should install the WebVR Oculus Rift enabler (the add-on provides Firefox access to the Oculus Rift SDK library). Finally, the user needs to open a non-e10s browser window. At this point, VR capabilities are ready to go.

Those interested can find add-on source and build instructions at GitHub. VR support is automatically enabled in Nightly and Developer editions. However, once the editions move to beta and release builds, VR support will be automatically disabled. Until the functionality further develops, the default for production environments will be disabled. Join the WebVR mailing list to keep up to date with improvements and announcements.

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