Ever since the launch of Firefox Reality by Mozilla last year the company has been gradually scaling up the project by adding new features and support of devices like Microsoft’s HoloLens 2. Two of Oculus’ headsets support the virtual reality (VR) browser, Oculus Go and Gear VR, and today a third has been added to that list, Oculus Quest.
The Firefox Reality VR web browsing experience has been tailored to Oculus Quest’s performance capabilities so that you can use its 6 degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) control for anything on the app, whether that’s watching an immersive video or meeting up with friends in Mozilla Hubs.
Firefox Reality has a range of features such as Enhanced Tracking Protection which blocks sites from tracking you, collecting personal data for ad networks and tech companies. The option is enabled by default with Janice Von Itter, Staff Program Manager at Mozilla saying in a blog post: “We strongly believe privacy shouldn’t be relegated to optional settings. As an added bonus, these protections work in the background and actually increase the speed of the browser.”
And to make sure Firefox Reality can be enjoyed by as many people as possible the app currently supports 10 different languages, including Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Wider language support is on the way, plus Firefox Reality can be voice-controlled to search the web instead of typing, generally making the process faster and easier.
There’s also more on the way. In 2019 Mozilla plans on rolling out support for the WebXR specification, multi-window browsing, bookmarks sync and SteamVR. The latter was announced back in April, which would allow any headset compatible with SteamVR to use the app, such as Oculus Rift/ Rift S, HTC Vive and Valve Index. This addition is expected this summer.
This week has seen several other updates for Oculus Quest including Oculus Venues and improved tracking accuracy for the Oculus Touch controllers.
Firefox Reality is available for free via Oculus Store for Oculus Quest, Oculus Go and Gear VR; Viveport for HTC Vive Focus and the Google Store for Daydream View. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Firefox Reality, reporting back with Mozilla’s latest updates.
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