How to Use Firefox for Web Browsing in VR

Want to view the internet in VR? Here's how it's done...

Sensics today announced the official launch of WebVR, a new technology designed for seamless transfer between browsing the internet on a traditional monitor and a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Integrated with Mozilla’s Firefox now and using the OSVR platform for compatibility with a wide variety of HMDs, WebVR is open to all, but how exactly do you use it?

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Thankfully, WebVR does not require any downloads or plugins. While it may seem complicated at first, the simple steps below will allow users to quickly jump into WebVR and begin browsing the internet in VR. Now all we need is for web designers to catch-up with VR technology and deliver high volumes of content designed to take advantage of the capabilities of browsing in VR.

How to use OSVR in Firefox:

  1. Download the latest Firefox Nightly build available here – https://nightly.mozilla.org/
  2. Go to the address bar and type “about:config”, which will bring up a list of Firefox settings
  3. Search for dom.vr.osvr.enabled and set that field to true which will enable OSVR support.
  4. Fill in the paths for OSVR libraries (DLLs available both in Runtime and SDK installer) for the following settings:
  5. gfx.vr.osvr.clientKitLibPath
  6. gfx.vr.osvr.clientLibPath
  7. gfx.vr.osvr.commonLibPath
  8. gfx.vr.osvr.utilLibPath
  9. Start OSVR server with a device of your choice plugged in.
  10. Restart Firefox.
  11. Check out https://mozvr.com/ for some of the WebVR demos.

Note: The current implementation supports extended mode.

 

The above instructions were provided courtesy of Sensics. VRFocus has conducted our own tests and the results, perhaps needless to say, have been impressive.

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