Oculus revealed that developers can make simple experiences on the web using two new pieces of software, one of which stems from React, a web making tool, and another is a whole new browser from Oculus made for virtual reality (VR).
The way in which Oculus said it was going to help users to create these experiences is with React VR, which is built on the foundations of React, letting web developers create these simple experiences easily. The way you can publish this is in a VR browser, code name Carmel, which is optimised for VR.
Nate Mitchell took to the stage to tease what he was about to reveal, saying that web VR was the next big thing for developers: “There’s another kind of ecosystem that we think is super important, and it’s a content ecosystem of simple vr experiences that are based on web technology and are accessed via a web browser. You can think of this VR ecosystem as the VR web, and it’s going to be huge for a number of reasons.”
As explained by Mitchell, with a few lines of Java Script you can create a VR experience and instantly share it, and because it’s in a browser it isn’t going to be limited to headsets as it reaches out to anyone with a laptop or PC. It is expected to lead to an exponential growth of VR content.
Two experiences were then shown, which includes checking out hotels using 360 degree photo spheres where you can embed reviews and so on within the scene. The other example was a look inside of a Renaut car.
There will be a developer preview released soon for Carmel, including React VR alongside it.
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