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.

Mozilla has actually been one of the leading developers of WebVR, a JavaScript API that has sought to make VR more accessible through browsers on your PCs and mobile devices, with support for most of the big-name headsets. Google brought WebVR support to Chrome in some Daydream-ready Android phones last February, while later in the year Firefox became the first desktop browser to officially support the WebVR standard.

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.”

Future gazing

Above: Firefox Reality: How it looks

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…

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