The modern world is slowly sliding into the virtual reality universe. There is already a vast number of games that immerse players into an entirely new alternative world where they are the heroes. Not only that, but this latest technology is on the point of conquering several other industries such as fine arts, urban design, therapy, marketing, media, education, engineering, archaeology or fitness. However, the VR feature was until recently accessible only through headsets connected to mobile apps. The good news is that the technology is moving to mobile browsers as well, as Chrome Browser turned into a web VR hub.
Google has constantly been working on its mobile Chrome Browser, bringing in updates such as Chrome 56 and Chrome 57 Beta. As of recently, the company managed to capture the VR world and incorporate it into WebVR, a new mobile feature. This upgrade will enable users to enjoy virtual reality works right from their mobile browsers, without the need to download any additional application.
The new update was tested out two months ago, in December, with the advent of Chrome 56 Beta that came with WebVR API. The application programming interface allows programmers to add new functionalities, such as a quality platform to support virtual reality content. Not only that, but Google has also worked on a GamePad API which is already functional within the browser. This tweak will enable users to employ motion controllers. This way, users can enjoy all the advantages that come with a commercial VR headset right on their Chrome Browser.
Before this update, the only way to access a VR hub was through a VR headset plugged to their smartphones with a running VR application. Afterward, they were given a menu to browse through the available content. However, the new web VR Hub allows users to forget about third parties like Android or iOS apps.
On the other hand, the new feature is still dependent to headsets. However, they don’t need expensive gear to access VR games or other types of content. They can simply adjust their smartphones in a Google Cardboard viewer, open their Chrome Browser, and they are good to go. The new Google implementation will enrich the online community with even more content than before. Moreover, publishers are already preparing 360-degree videos for their communities.
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