The internet is an intrinsic part of our everyday lives and championing this is the virtual reality (VR) space is Mozilla with Firefox Reality. This week the company has released Firefox Reality 10, adding new features to expand and improve the experience for users.
The big update for Firefox Reality 10 is support for WebXR. Originally planned for 2019, the rollout this week aids improvements in cross-device functionality so that websites can work with a variety of controllers without the need to write individual support. The browser will still work with WebVR – the previous version – as most web content which is VR compatible is WebVR content.
“This will help our partners and developer community gracefully transition to WebXR without worrying that their audiences will lose functionality immediately. We will eventually deprecate WebVR. We’re currently working on a timeline for removing WebVR support,” notes the Mozilla Blog.
A useful feature the general public will notice is the addition of gaze navigation support in Firefox Reality 10. This allows you to control various browser functions without the need of a controller, useful for those who can’t use a controller. Scrolling, selecting and typing are all possible if your controller suddenly stops working.
Smaller improvements include dual-controller typing for those you prefer to use both hands, download management options; better privacy and security when online and DRM video playback.
For the launch of Firefox Reality 10 Mozilla has also announced a partnership with Pico Interactive. The browser will come supplied with all Pico headsets including its new Pico Neo 2 standalone headset. Firefox Reality already supports headsets such as Oculus Quest, Oculus Go and HTC Vive, with Pico now added to that list. The Neo 2 and Neo 2 Eye are Pico’s latest enterprise-focused headsets with 4K resolutions, inside-out tracking and 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) controllers.
Last month saw the company release Hubs Cloud for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Currently, in Early Access, organisations can build private or public social spaces for a range of use cases such as connecting with clients or teamwork, all through their AWS account.
As Mozilla continues to update Firefox Reality, VRFocus will keep you updated.