Mozilla is doubling down on its mixed reality efforts with the announcement of a new browser built specifically for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headsets.
Most headset makers already offer their own browsers, of course, including Oculus, Samsung, and Microsoft. But Mozilla is pitching Firefox Reality as a cross-platform browser that will work on any headset. As with Mozilla’s existing desktop browser, Firefox Reality is open source, making it easier for manufacturers to adapt the browser for their devices.
Back in October, Mozilla announced a new mixed reality development program, with an initial focus on getting “devices, headsets, frameworks, and toolsets to work together.”
Firefox Reality is a future-gazing effort that seeks to reimagine how we’ll access internet in the future. Plus, it’s pushing beyond VR and into AR or mixed reality, where real and virtual worlds collide.
“Today, we primarily access the internet through our phones, tablets, and computers,” noted Mozilla’s chief R&D officer, Sean White. “But how will the world access the web in five years, or in 10 years, and how will the web…