“We believe that the future of the web will be heavily intertwined with virtual and augmented reality, and that future will live through browsers”, Mozilla’s vice president of technology strategy Sean White said.
Mozilla has unveiled Firefox Reality, a web browser designed for standalone VR headsets. “We don’t yet have all the answers for what privacy looks like in this new medium, but we are committed to finding the solution”.
In announcing the browser, Mozilla revealed a few key details such as the fact that it’ll be open-source and cross-platform.
“The future of mixed reality is about delivering experiences, not about building applications”, White said.
At launch, Firefox Reality will support the HTC Vive Focus and HTC Vive Wave platform devices, though Mozilla is opening up developer support for testing through other platforms, including Google’s Daydream and Samsung’s Gear VR, among other Qualcomm SVR-based headsets.
Demonstrations of Firefox Reality running on headsets.
Browsers are the future of mixed reality. There shouldn’t be friction moving from one experience to another.
Currently, Firefox Reality looks very much like a simple browser window floating in virtual space, but with larger UI elements. Exciting things are coming.