Mozilla’s ‘Firefox Reality’, a VR-only browser that the company announced in April earlier this year, is now available for general usage.
To start with, ‘Firefox Reality’ is a browser that is available only on VR platforms like the Oculus, Daydream among others. While the desktop Firefox and Chrome continue to experiment with VR in the internet browsing space with WebVR, Mozilla’s ‘Firefox Reality’ is built entirely for VR platforms.
You can do search, play videos and do everything 2D and 3D on the internet, just as you would on a normal web browser. The difference ? Well, you get to do all those searches in virtual reality, without the need of a mouse but with your VR hand controller.
Of course, these are still nascency days of Virtual Reality in itself and thus expecting a perfect experience out of this browser will be a bit too far. For a start though, the browser does it pretty well and packs in a few well thought features to make your internet browsing experience, more immersive.
Among these features is the ability to search the web using your voice. Text input is still a chore for virtual reality, and this is a great first step towards solving that. With Firefox Reality you can choose to search using the microphone in your headset.
Mozilla has also worked towards the content end of this. From the moment you open the browser, you will be presented with immersive experiences that can be enjoyed on a VR headset directly from the Firefox Reality browser. And content generation will continue. Mozilla says, that it is working with creators around the world to bring a more diverse collection of games, videos, environments, and experiences that can be accessed directly from the home screen.
As with other Mozilla projects, ‘Firefox Reality’ is also being positioned as a browser built by a community. Hence, the company has invited developers and users to report bugs and suggest code-additions if any, via GitHub.
Download links for various platforms are mentioned below :
Download for Oculus
(supports Oculus Go)
Download for Daydream
(supports all-in-one devices)
Download for Viveport (Search for “Firefox Reality” in Viveport store)
(supports all-in-one devices running Vive Wave)