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WebVR support comes to the Gear VR

Virtual Reality

Last updated: April 4th, 2016 at 03:41 UTC+02:00

Samsung’s Gear VR is Samsung’s own plunge into virtual reality, but the Korean giant has plans that are bigger than just the expected VR games, documentaries, 360-degree photos, and so on. You need only look to Samsung’s Internet Browser for Gear VR to see that Samsung wants the VR game/social media experience and the Web experience to merge. The company’s 360-degree shark dive YouTube video shows its commitment to VR as a whole — not just its own Gear VR headset.

It is in the spirit of impacting VR in general that the Korean giant has now decided to add WebVR support to the Gear VR. What this means, in essence, is that Samsung’s Internet for Gear VR will now allow you to view WebVR content, not just content present at the Oculus VR store or provided by Samsung. VR videos on anything that you’d like to see should be supported, though you should know that WebVR is still in an experimental phase (which means that, should something not work, you should chalk WebVR up to being “a work in progress”). You’ll need to enable WebVR within your Internet for Gear VR browser in order for the feature to work, so be sure to do that before settling down to watch web content. Samsung has said “the current release is using the deprecated API set,” and that “we hope to update it soon to the latest WebVR draft.” Some individuals will be happy just to have WebVR, but we thought we’d advise you fully before you proceed.

WebVR support opens up a wide realm of possibility and potential for Gear VR, and Samsung’s Gear VR web browser will now become yet another portal that opens up into the world of virtual reality on a large scale. Samsung’s WebVR is evolving, and “virtual reality” as a term is finally becoming a misnomer.


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