Google wants to make the web a VR experience with Chrome
Google is looking to make a VR version of its popular Chrome web browser.
It’s known that Google is looking to offer a unifying VR experience with its Daydream VR project. But it’s also looking to add a VR element to the world’s most popular web browser.
As pointed out by Road to VR, Google has added WebVR support to the latest versions of Google Chrome Beta and Google Chrome Dev.
Chrome Beta now has a VR setting that enables you to access VR websites using a VR headset. Chrome Dev, which is an even earlier and more experimental version of Chrome, has a new “VR shell.”
This VR shell will allow Cardboard and Daydream users to browse the web using their VR headset, regardless of whether the website is optimise for VR or not. You won’t have to take your headset off when encountering these ‘normal’ websites, as you do now.
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As the report notes, this VR shell isn’t functional just yet. But it should be popping up in Chrome Beta before too long.
It’s worth pointing out that Samsung already offers a VR web browser for its Gear VR headset, but obviously this will only work with a limited selection of handsets and equipment. Google’s approach will be more far-reaching.
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