Mozilla Is Shutting Down Its VR Web Browser
Updated · Feb 21, 2022
Mozilla will retire its mixed reality web browser Firefox Reality, the company has said.
Nearly four years after it launched, Mozilla has announced that its Firefox Reality VR browser will shut down. The browser was designed for use in virtual reality environments, allowing people to use the internet through their VR headsets.
With Firefox Reality, web users could visit web pages, carry out searches, and switch seamlessly between 2D and 3D web experiences. All that while using a VR hand controller, rather than a mouse or keyboard.
Firefox Reality offered web browsing using mixed reality - a blend of virtual and augmented reality. It offered support for standalone VR headsets and has been available on Oculus, Viveport, Pico, and HoloLens app stores. However, Mozilla stated that it will now be removed from the stores.
Firefox had a 2.52% market share in 2021, down 1.86% from the previous year.
Firefox Reality may be retiring, but its source code will live on. Igalia, an open-source developer, will use the tech in its upcoming browser, Wolvic. The new browser will launch next week, and Mozilla encourages users to make the switch.
“The Firefox Reality project was created… to give users come choice and ensure that open and unlimited access to the web remains strong on these devices,” Brain Kardell, Igalia’s Developer Advocate, said in the blog post.
“These ideas are core to what we do at Igalia, so we’re thrilled to be able to carry the torch forward in leveraging the work to create a new browser, Wolvic.”
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