In its quest to capture the high-end VR market as well as help it go mainstream, HTC has entered into a new alliance with Mozilla.
As part of its collaboration with Mozilla, HTC would make the Firefox Reality browser the default web browsing app for all Vive virtual reality headsets.
Firefox Reality was launched as a dedicated VR web browser in April last year for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Google Daydream and Magic Leap One. Now, HTC Vive owners can skip downloading the browser manually and do more than just playing games, as Firefox Reality will be the Vive’s default browser.
It is worth mentioning here that Vive users are still free to use other browsers if they want to.
HTC said it has also partnered with Amazon to leverage its AWS cloud infrastructure. Using Amazon Sumerian, developers can concept, test and publish VR-optimized websites that are immediately available to internal testers, authenticated users, or for public use.
In addition to VR sites, AWS and HTC plan to integrate Sumerian with Viveport for publishing any VR experience to the platform, making them available to end users faster than previously possible.
Kyle Roche, General Manager, Amazon Sumerian, AWS, explained: “Until now, creating realistic XR experiences required developers to have specialized programming skills and learn unique specifications and deployment procedures, adding complexity to the process. Together with HTC and Mozilla, we’re making it easier for developers to more quickly build and distribute VR applications using nothing more than a browser and a URL.”