Mozilla has announced that its WebXR-enabled browser, Firefox Reality, has received its first public release in the Microsoft Store. The first public release of Firefox Reality is the result of a collaboration between Mozilla and Microsoft to bring the browser to the HoloLens 2 platform. The two companies first announced their project at MWC 2019 with the software being made available in an experimental capacity on the Microsoft Store in December.
According to Mozilla, the launch of Firefox Reality on the Microsoft Store “focuses on exposing the powerful AR capabilities of HoloLens 2 devices to web developers through the new WebXR standard.” Mozilla has provided seven demos built using Babylon.js and three.js libraries which can be loaded up on AR and VR headsets as well as on desktop browsers. This ability to create projects that work across devices will make it easier for developers in future who want to create projects for AR and VR devices.
The Microsoft ecosystem is the third that Firefox Reality has launched on. Since its launch in April 2018, it has been made available for Viveport and Oculus Go, it’s also set to arrive in the Pico store. When Firefox Reality was launched two years ago, Mozilla said that it was a new web browser designed from the ground up for stand-alone virtual and augmented reality headsets.
Firefox Reality uses existing Firefox web technology and enhances it with Servo, its experimental web engine that was built using the Rust programming language. With Servo, Mozilla has been able to achieve advances in parallelism, graphics rendering, and robustness.
If you’re interested in Firefox Reality and own a compatible Windows headset, head on over to the Microsoft Store now and download the program.