The next version of Firefox will include support for VR

Angelica Greene
August 8, 2017

Another big update coming with Firefox 55 is Firefox Screenshots.

Mozilla has been working to bring virtual reality support to the Firefox browser for quite some time now.

THE MOZILLA FOUNDATION has announced the release of the latest version of its Firefox browser (version 55, to be precise) complete with WebVR support.

Firefox was revamped in June with a speed boost.

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WebVR has been trailed as in production by Mozilla for several years now, and in the meantime, both Chrome (at least on Android) and Edge (in Dev mode) have beaten Firefox to the punch in terms of VR on the web.

Web-based VR in Firefox will be available to all Windows users who have HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headsets. Thanks to this standard, the browser should be capable of running virtual reality experiences.

We're told Firefox 57 is the big one. "This collaborative effort will help ensure that content works across multiple platforms and implementations, increasing the reach of the content". Quantum Flow also reduces the amount of RAM being used by the browser, with a Mozilla developer saying Firefox 30 with 1691 open tabs used 2GB of RAM where as Firefox 55 cut this to under 500MB of RAM (page contents weren't loaded in either instance).

Besides its VR support, Firefox 55 will also be reportedly coming with a new tool, Firefox Screenshots. From there, it will be copying them to the clipboard. Screenshots will expire in two weeks unless manually set to last longer.

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