Facebook's Oculus Rift headset gets a VR web browser

Facebook has announced a virtual reality web browser for its VR headset Oculus Rift.

Facebook's Oculus Rift headset gets a VR web browser

The web browser, codenamed Carmel, will allow users to visit websites inside their headsets. It is joined by a new javascript framework for building VR web experiences called ReactVR.

The ability to access VR experiences via websites without downloading a potentially large standalone app could significantly reduce the time commitment involved.

The technology was unveiled at Facebook’s Oculus Connect 3 conference and was one of a number of new applications for the headset announced.

Occulus co-founder Nate Mitchell showed the browser in action by demoing a Renault car configurator experience, that allows the user to sit in the seat of the car and try out customisation options.

Facebook acquired Occulus in March 2014 for $2bn (£1.6bn), with Mark Zuckerberg announcing the acquisition in a Facebook post.

Source: TechCrunch


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