Until now, WebVR API was available only on a few customized browsers like Firefox Nightly build and Chrome custom build. Earlier in September last year, Microsoft also announced its plans to develop WebVR API in Edge. The good news for VR users is that Google has released its first version of Chrome with full support for WebVR. This new development means that the users will no longer need to download an app to experience online VR.
Currently, Chrome browser API supports daydream view headset but soon you will be able to enjoy online VR on google cardboard headset. The daydream view is compatible with only a few smartphones like Google’s Pixel, ZTE Axon7 or Moto Z to name a few. The number of websites offering WebVR is limited currently but Google is trying to work with developers to increase this count. Some of the websites that offer VR content are-
Matterport’s Library. The library offers the largest gallery of places around the world like luxurious resorts, iconic architecture, private planes, celebrity homes and much more.
Within. Watch gripping VR films and documentaries.
Bear71. A documentary film based on the life of a bear under surveillance. You will love to watch his interaction with humans and other animals.
Sketchfab. It’s an online community where you can watch, share and upload VR based animations or video games .
Play Canvas . It is an online platform for video games. Play Canvas offers WebVR Lab to enjoy games in VR.
WebVR has gained huge popularity in recent times and is beneficial for developers and users alike in these ways.
- The VR content base has increased since it is available both ways- offline with headset and online. WebVR is highly accessible as well as affordable when compared to console powered VR headsets.
- The need for large amount of VR content and need to support browser apps has attracted more developers to build the content for various VR platforms.
- WebVR has also omitted the need to store the VR apps on smartphones. This helped users to save their battery power and phone space.
The webVR supporting browsers offer great advantages to VR lovers and developers with a huge repository of VR content. The user can enjoy immersive experience with some amazing VR stuff available on the web using a headset . Developers can tweak the once developed VR content for countless other platforms.