The Internet and the web have been part of our lives for a few years now, and almost no one could conceive of a disconnected world today. Virtual reality can help make a new leap to the world wide web, and that’s something that both Chrome and Firefox are aware of. Both have already set to work to be prepared as soon as possible.
A few days ago Firefox published that it was preparing a first version of its browser with extensions for Oculus Rift, and now it’s Chrome’s turn. Google has taken up a career with the launch of Cardboard, and has already announced its intention to support WebVR both in Oculus Rift and in its peculiar cardboard viewer, at least for the moment, since Google’s intention is that this functionality be extended to future similar devices.
Brandon Jones of Google and Vladimir Vukicevic of Firefox are working together to shape this new API, so that it works in both browsers. We could say that the foundations of a metaverse are being planted, something that Oculus and Facebook are also working on. This does not mean that with Firefox or Chrome we see any web page floating before us in virtual reality, it is something that goes much further. The web will be able to generate 3D, explorable and immersive content, and it will have nothing to do with the experiences that we usually see in browsers. There is a very long road ahead, but it is clear that the first steps are already being taken.