Firefox Reality is a new web browser in development from Mozilla for virtual and augmented reality headsets. However, release dates are yet to be disclosed.
There is much discourse about whether virtual reality can and will live up to its hype. However, Mozilla, the creator of many open-source tools, clearly believes the technology is worth developing for.
Soon it will launch a new web browser called Firefox Reality. What’s new is that it’s “designed from the ground up for stand-alone virtual and augmented reality headsets,” the company explains in an announcement post.
Eventually, the plan is to engineer and develop Firefox Reality for the next generation of standalone VR and AR headsets. However, for now, source code can be run in Developer Mode on Daydream and Gear VR devices.
Currently, there is no official release date. Instead, you’ll have to get an idea of how it will work from the video below. This offers an early insight of the web engine and test user interface:
New Information to Come in the Following Weeks
For now, all we know is that the team took their existing Firefox web technology and enhanced it with Servo, their experimental web engine.
They explain that Firefox offers decades of web compatibility. Meanwhile, the Servo team offers the “ability to experiment with entirely new designs and technologies for interacting with the immersive web.”
However, the company explains that this is simply the first step in a long-term plan. Over time, the idea is to deliver a new experience on an “exciting” platform. So watch this space.
Over the next few weeks, Mozilla promises to release regular updates on how work is going. But, you’ll also learn more details of design and see paper sketches of a headset prototype. Furthermore, the team promise sneak peaks of new capabilities for artists, designers, and developers of immersive experiences.