Firefox 55 has added WebVR support for all of its users, it has become the first browser to offer WebVR on windows, and it has been made available to Windows, Mac, Linux and Android users
Mozilla has finally decided to join the Virtual Reality (VR) bandwagon. The company released Firefox 55 which allows support for WebVR for every of its users. Firefox users who own either an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive will be able to experience full VR content on the web, moving forward.
With this new development, Mozilla claims that Firefox is the first browser ever to offer WebVR support to Windows users. Now, when playing a web game or using a web application that supports VR on Firefox, you will find a VR Goggles icon on the web page. You can then navigate and control VR experiences using your handset controllers and your movements in the physical space.
Firefox 55 also offers the necessary performance improvements, faster tab restoration and even more control over the new multi-process architecture. There’s a new panel for performance which lets you decide how Firefox should handle complex websites via the new multi-process architecture. In this version of Firefox, you can now adjust the number of processes up or down by heading over to the General section in the Options menu.
“If you’re running a 64-bit version of Windows OS, you might want to download and reinstall Firefox. That’s because new downloads on 64-bit Windows OS will install the 64-bit version of Firefox, which is much less vulnerable to running out of memory and crashing. In our tests so far, the 64-bit version of Firefox reduces crashes by 39 percent on devices with 4GB of RAM. If you don’t upgrade manually, no need to worry. We intend to automatically migrate 64-bit Windows users to 64-bit Firefox in our next release,” Mozilla explains further on its blog.
The way you search has also been optimised to let you quickly search using many websites’ search engines, directly from the address bar. Just type in your query, and then click or choose which search engine you’d like to use. While in default mode, you can search using Google, Yahoo, Bing, Amazon, DuckDuck Go, Wikipedia and Twitter. Although, you can customise these search engines in Settings.
Last but not least, Firefox 55 is a recommended update because it fixes six critical flaws, seven moderate flaws, six low-severity flaws and 11 high-severity flaws.