The newest model of Google Chrome, model quantity 66, quietly added support for Oculus’ Rift headset, which means now you can use the high-end VR gadget to browse the online in VR and make use of suitable WebVR purposes. Rift support was first picked up by keen Reddit users on the Oculus subreddit this week, a few of whom observed the brand new function within the hidden “Experiments” part of Chrome. Variety later reported on the existence of the function, and The Verge can affirm that Rift support in Chrome is stay now for the Windows 10 model of Google’s browser solely. That is sensible, given VR net apps gained’t run on an Oculus that’s plugged right into a Mac.
Up till now, net VR experiences have been principally relegated to the cellular model of Chrome. Google began final yr by adding support for Daydream-ready Android phones, so that you wouldn’t have to launch a particular app, however might as an alternative simply journey to a VR-ready web site or video anyplace on cellular Chrome. Later on, the corporate expanded support to any Android phone compatible with its DIY, low-cost Cardboard platform. In September 2017, Google made it so Daydream View headset users could explore any website in VR utilizing a particular viewer constructed proper into cellular Chrome.
Now, with Oculus support, you possibly can discover net VR from a desktop utilizing a high-end headset just like the Rift. Granted, there isn’t a ton of content material particularly designed for high-end net VR viewing, with extra focus from Google and third-party makers being positioned on cellular experiences. But simply this week, Google launched a brand new initiative in partnership with laser scanning nonprofit CyArk to create immersive experiences around real-world endangered historical sites to assist protect at-risk monuments, buildings, and different historic treasures of the world. Those experiences work on cellular VR, however on additionally on desktop, which means you can possible use the Rift to discover them out of your Windows Chrome browser.