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Firefox is Adding VR Support in the Next Version

Mozilla has announced that its open source web browser, Firefox will soon be compatible with Virtual Reality(VR) headsets. The latest version of the browser dubbed as Firefox 55 will include WebVR, the technology that puts VR into a web browser. The new version will add support for both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Firefox isn’t the first one to add VR functionality to its browser; Google Chrome andMicrosoft Edge added web based VR support to their browsers in February and April this year respectively.

Mozilla has been working on VR for a while now, with support for Oculus Rift in the Firefox nightly builds as far back as 2015. Currently announced at the end of July and set to start rolling out live on August 8th, the latest version of Firefox (55) is set to include WebVR, the technology that puts virtual reality into a web browser. This addition will bring Firefox up to par with both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, which added web-based VR support in February and April of this year, respectively.

Other than VR support, the latest version of the browser includes Firefox Screenshots– a new way to capture images on the screen, edit and export them in a shareable format without leaving your browser. Mozilla writes,”With Firefox Screenshots, you can easily capture elements on the screen, an arbitrary region, the visible page or the complete page including parts scrolled off the screen.” Screenshots expire within two weeks unless manually set to last longer.

 

Jyoti Bhagat: