Mozilla Brings WebVR Support In Firefox Update

Mozilla Corporation has brought WebVR experience to the latest update of its flagship browser Firefox.

The famous web browser company Mozilla Corporation has brought WebVR experience to the latest update of its flagship browser Firefox, i.e., Firefox 55, released on August 8, 2017.
 
The company stated in a blog post
 
“Today we’re launching a breakthrough feature that expands the web to an entirely new experience. Firefox for Windows is the first desktop browser to support WebVR for all users, letting you experience next-generation entertainment in virtual reality.
 
Source: vr.mozilla.org
 
WebVR enables developers and artists to create web-based VR experiences you can browse to with Firefox. So whether you’re a current Oculus Rift or HTC Vive owner – or still deciding when you’re going to take the VR leap – Firefox can get you to your VR fix faster. Once you find a web game or app that supports VR, you can experience it with your headset just by clicking the VR goggles icon visible on the web page. You can navigate and control VR experiences with handset controllers and your movements in physical space. “
 
Further, the company has shared a URL of Mozilla VR community for the interested users. Apart from having the WebVR experience, the Mozilla Firefox 55 browser is equipped with some out-of-box features that, the company says, make it way better than its competitors.
  • The browser now has multi-process architecture in order to handle complex websites, as well as to load a whole lot of tabs quite quickly. Here is a comparison graph -
            Source: mozilla.org
  • Users can now fine-tune the performance of Firefox browser by setting up the maximum number of content processes to be handled at a point of time.

  • The new Firefox 55 is boasted of consuming very less memory as compared to other browsers. The company has shared a comparison chart between Chrome and Firefox while running 8 content processes on Windows 10 simultaneously.
            Source: mozilla.org
  • For 64-bit version of Windows, Mozilla has launched 64-bit version of Firefox which, as per the company, is 39% less prone to crashes and running out of memory than the 32-bit version.

  • You can download the 64-bit Firefox yourself or wait for the new update when the company will migrate 64-bit Windows users to 64-bit Firefox automatically.
The other improvements include -
  • “Parts of a web page that use Flash must now be clicked and given permission to run. This improves battery life, security, and stability, and is a step towards Flash end-of-life.

  • You can now move the sidebar to the right side of the window.

  • Firefox for Android is now translated in Greek and Lao. 

  • Simplify print jobs from within print preview.”
You can go through the Firefox 55 Release Notes for more information or visit the Mozilla Hacks blog.
 
Source: vr.mozilla.org