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Firefox unveils virtual reality web browser

Firefox unveils virtual reality web browser

For starters, although virtual keyboard inputs are still an option, voice typing is among the features being touted as a solution to the hassle of typing one key at a time in VR.

"We had to rethink everything, including navigation, text input, environments, search and more", Andre Vrignaud, leader of Mozilla's mixed reality platform strategy, said in a blog post. Announced back in April, Firefox Reality uses the Quantum engine, the high-speed tech that has powered the latest versions of Mozilla's program.

"This required years of research, and countless conversations with users, content creators, and hardware partners".

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Since its initial preview earlier this year, Firefox Reality looks to have undergone quite a few changes to better accommodate its virtual environment. The result is a browser that is built for the medium it serves. It has been built exclusively to work with standalone VR and AR headsets. Apparently, the Firefox Reality browser is developed with WebVR in mind, providing support for both immersive VR experiences and basic 2D browsing available through the web. Utilizing this open source solution will allow users to experience seamless immersive content at their favorite sites. The feedback we heard the most was that users were having a hard time finding new games and experiences.

When users do not have to download and install an app before accessing it, they would be able to easily discover and try out new experiences. And at the start, Firefox Reality is missing some standard features you'd expect to be present in any browser. For example, bookmarks are now not available for creating favorite pages, but the team would like the VR-using public to know that version 1.1 is not that far off, and those features will come in a steady buildout process. It works with many popular VR headsets like Oculus Go, HTC Viveport, and Google Daydream. The software is already available in the app stores of Oculus, Viveport, and Daydream. Since this is the first version, Firefox Reality now doesn't have features like bookmarks and 360-degree video support, but these will be coming soon.

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