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FireFox VR Ready – ver.55 is RollingOut

The internet is about to get a lot more VR-friendly: Mozilla’s Firefox 55, rolling out now, supports WebVR, which lets you experience VR content on the web with an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset.

“WebVR enables developers and artists to create web-based VR experiences you can browse to with Firefox,” Mozilla product strategist Nick Nguyen writes in a blog post. “Whether you’re a current Oculus Rift or HTC Vive owner—or still deciding when you’re going to take the VR leap—Firefox can get you to your VR fix faster.”

When you find a game or app on the web that supports VR, just click the VR goggles icon on the page to experience it with your headset. You can use handset controllers, and move around in your physical space, to navigate and control these web-based VR experiences.

A number of developers have already been building content with WebVR, Nguyen writes. Head here to check out some Mozilla-recommended experiences, including the VR painting experience A Painter demoed in the video above. Many of the experiences on that site were made with A-Frame, Mozilla’s WebVR content creation framework.

Google in February added WebVR support to Chrome and Microsoft did the same for its Edge browser in April.

Also in Firefox 55, Mozilla has “significantly reduced the time it takes to start Firefox when restoring tabs from a previous session,” Nguyen says. So, if for some insane reason you need to restore a Firefox window with 1,691 tabs open, it will now take just 15 seconds as opposed to nearly eight minutes.

Firefox also now lets you easily search many websites’ search engines from the address bar. Just type your query, then click which search engine you want to use. The default list of search engines includes Google, Amazon, Twitter, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Bing, and DuckDuckGo, but you can customize this in settings.

re-posted from : Angela Moscaritolo – FireFox VR Ready – ver.55 is RollingOut