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Mozilla launches Firefox Reality with aim for ground up, standalone MR capability

Mozilla has launched Firefox Reality, a mixed reality (MR) browser compatible with Viveport, Oculus and Daydream, to be designed from the ground up for standalone virtual and augmented reality.

Features of the browser include voice-activated search, built-in private browsing, and resize capabilities. Users can also move between 2D and 3D, as well as activate a movie-speicifc mode. The browser also feature Mozilla's new Quantum engine for smooth and fast performance.

The browser is designed not only for being standalone VR and AR, but also fits in with Mozilla's open philosophy. "We had to rethink everything, including navigation, text-input, environments, search and more," said Andre Vrignaud, head of mixed reality platform strategy at Mozilla. "This required years of research, and countless conversations with users, content creators, and hardware partners.

"The result is a browser that is built for the medium it serves," Vrignaud added. "It makes a big difference, and we think you will love all of the features and details that we've created specifically for a MR browser."

The First Time Is Not Easy. Most people who have tried virtual reality once would like to experience it again. However, for most people, the first time is not an easy process as it usually requires some sort of adjustment. Some people say that after their first virtual reality experience, they felt very disjointed. Others complained about motion sickness. However, once they have tried virtual reality for a second time, they adjust well to the experience until they get so used to it.

Mozilla has been interested in the technology for some time, with a previous browser release featuring WebVR support. As this publication put it at the time, the WebVR-compatible browser was 'an important part of Mozilla's attempt to reply to the growing dominance of Chrome in recent years' - as well as noting how the company was interested in a mix of VR and AR.

Version 1.0 is now avaialble for free in Viveport, with the company saying 1.1 is not too far away. You can find out more about Firefox Reality here.

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