Firefox to get VR support

Isaac Cain
August 8, 2017

The main draw for this leveling up of the open-source browser is the added support for consumer virtual reality headsets.

WebVR, a web standard, which is still going through development, makes it possible to create VR content that lives on the web. A full-on update is in store on Tuesday, which will add one new perk that will ensure that Firefox remains a relevant corner of the Browser Trinity with Chrome and Microsoft Edge (taking the place of IE).

Dubbed Firefox 55 and due to ship beginning tomorrow, August 8, the upgraded web browser will now include WebVR - the platform that allows web browsers to function with VR headsets like the Rift and Vive. In Chrome, you can use VR content on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and definitely, Google Cardboard and Google Daydream.

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Popular web browser Firefox is set to gain support for virtual reality this week.

This feature is already available in Firefox Nightly, a pre-release version of Mozilla's browser, and has very limited availability in Servo, browser engine made by individual developers and sponsored by Mozilla. It will enable users to take, save, and share screenshots without even having to leave the browser. "With Firefox Screenshots", writes Mozilla on their roadmap wiki, "you can easily capture an element on screen, an arbitrary region, the visible page, or the complete page including parts scrolled off screen". Screenshots will roll out gradually over time.

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