Mozilla recently introduced Firefox Reality, the popular open-source virtual browser (VR), to Oculus Quest. Users of Oculus Quest will now enjoy the browser features such as Enhanced Tracking Protection.
Mozilla unveiled Firefox Reality in April to provide manufacturers with an easy way to integrate a full-featured open source browser into their headphones. Firefox Reality uses newly-developed mixed-media Web standards, such as WebVR and WebXR, so users can experience incredible experiences without installing custom-tailored custom-built applications. Mozilla's chief R & D officer, Shaun White, explained in a blog post:
We believe that the future of the network will be highly intertwined with virtual and expanded reality, and this future will go through the browsers.
(…) Everything about Firefox Reality is open source. This not only makes it easier for manufacturers to add the browser to their platform but also provides the level of transparency that our users know and expect from Mozilla.
Firefox Reality initially supported the HTC Vive Focus and HTC Vive Wave platforms, adding HTC Viveport, Oculus Go and Daydream later. HTC has actually put Firefox Reality as the default browser for its headphones. This week, Mozilla added Oculus Quest to Facebook to the list of supported headphones.
Oculus Quest owners can visit sites, watch videos in a virtual window, while taking advantage of VR-specific features such as 360 video and WebVR support. Quest users can additionally use Mozilla Hubs to meet other people in the VR. As the user commented on Hacker News:
An interesting feature of this browser is the navigation of VR-ready websites that provide an amazing experience (aka webvr). You can also surf the regular network of your headphones, of course, but that's not really exciting.
While Oculus has its own browser that appears in its different headphones, the Firefox Reality browser highlights privacy (Enhanced Tracking Protection is included as default) and VR Web activities. Virtual reality is causing new privacy and data protection issues, as VR sites and applications can record behavioral and personal data. White indicates the importance of privacy for the browser Firefox Reality:
The mixed reality is still new. We still have no answers to what this privacy looks like in this new media, but we are committed to finding the solution. We will continue to build a proven web-based solution model that provides even greater protection than local applications provide.
Firefox Reality is currently available in 10 languages (including Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean), adding other languages. Mozilla plans to "bring the VR desktop experience and the variety of standalone AR headphones in the second half of this year."