It was recently announced that both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are planning on adding virtual reality features to their internet browsers, enabling users of headsets such as the Oculus Rift to surf the web in full immersion.
Google spokesperson, Brandon James, explained how website developers could add virtual reality features to their websites, allowing users to experience featured content in a much more immersive way. Examples include checking out clothes, mapping, educational tools, and so on.
Chromium, which is an early build of Google Chrome, has added the virtual reality support in order to test for any bugs that need to be fixed. For those who own the appropriate hardware, links to the early build have been released, allowing users to try it out for themselves.
A spokesperson for Mozilla, Vladimir Vukićević, has also released a statement alluding to a future build of Firefox also including VR capabilities. In his statement, he wrote about the large number of possibilities that come with virtual reality support, and how VR services for web could include tools for both productivity and entertainment.
While it is true that virtual reality technology is still in its early stages, many expect the combination of VR and the Internet to revolutionize web interaction. VR technology has already begun rising in the gaming industry, but offering the same technology to users who simply want to surf the web would offer an entirely new experience.
In the coming years, it is expected that virtual reality will become a lot more popular among gamers and in other areas of technology.
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