Mozilla announced that WebVR support for virtual reality viewing will natively be integrated into Firefox 55 for Windows. Rolling out today, the latest version of Firefox will let users view content in VR via Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
This addition will bring Firefox in line with its major rivals such as Chrome and Microsoft Edge, which already support web-based VR functionality. The Firefox 55 update will come up with WebVR standard, which will bring VR viewing capability for web and mainstream VR Windows-enabled headsets plus 2D ability in the browser. According to Mozilla,
“WebVR is the big platform feature shipping in Firefox 55.”
Mozilla Firefox has fallen behind other leading web browsers for Windows over the past few years with the addition of the WebVR standard. Microsoft’s Edge added WebVR support back in January and Google added the support for VR viewing to Chrome in February.
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By using VRWeb, developers with web-based APIs would be able to create VR experiences that will not only able to work with multiple different devices but also can run from different platforms such as Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS.
However, WebVR isn’t the only feature coming with Firefox 55. Besides, the latest web browser features new WebExtensions permissions system, new work on theme support, performance work on WebExtensions, new performance settings, and much more.
Firefox 55 should specifically see enhancements in performance when dealing with many tabs, quicker start-up, and hopefully lower memory usage. Another big update coming to the browser is Firefox screenshots. The feature has been in the beta phase since July 2017, and its public debut adds built-in screenshot abilities to the browser. With Firefox screenshots, you can easily capture full webpage screenshots or select a portion of the screen, and then download the screenshot to your device. You can even share your captured screenshots on social media platforms.
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Firefox 55 will automatically be installed on your system today, however, if you’re in a hurry, you can download it from here. Once you’ve installed the latest version of the web browser, you’ll receive all the aforementioned new features. It is worth notable that Mozilla is promising a major Firefox 57 update to be released November 14, which will add the new Photon UI to the web browser.