WebVR - Virtual Reality from the Browser without an App


Web VR (Virtual Reality) is a technology that allows VR content to be experienced directly in a web browser without the need for special VR hardware or software. Essentially, VR technology is accessed via the Internet by visiting a website where VR content is provided.

Web VR uses WebGL, a JavaScript API, to render 3D graphics directly in the web browser. It allows users to experience VR content in a VR headset or on a computer screen. The technology is cross-platform, which means it works on different devices and operating systems.

Simple distribution Web VR allows developers to create and publish VR content for the web without being limited to specific platforms or hardware. This can help promote the adoption of VR technology and enable more people to enjoy VR experiences.

However, the adaptation of this technology is somewhat slow.

Why does Web VR rarely play a role as a distribution channel for VR content at the moment?



If WebVR can do so much why do we still deliver most applications through an app?'


While Web VR has some advantages over platform-specific apps, there are still some reasons why many VR applications run as apps:

            • Performance:
              Web VR apps often have poorer performance compared to native VR apps. This is because, unlike native VR apps, web VR apps rely on the performance of the web browser and the underlying hardware. The web browser must render the VR app and associated resources (e.g., graphics, videos), which is less efficient compared to interacting directly with the hardware. In addition, native VR apps typically have more direct access to the hardware and can leverage special features such as native sensors, APIs, or hardware acceleration to achieve better performance and a higher frame rate. Native functions and integrations: Platform-specific applications can typically better access native features and integrations, which can improve functionality and user experience. For example, VR applications can access certain sensors or APIs that are not available in the web version.
            • Hardly any professional development tools
              There are currently no established professional tools to create web VR content. Most available tools tend to be open source and hobbyist projects that often do not offer the same quality and functionality as professional tools for creating native VR applications. The lack of professional tools can make it difficult to create Web VR content and may contribute to developers switching to platform-specific applications.
            • Meta dominates the field
              The distribution of VR applications is strongly tied to the respective hardware, as VR applications have specific hardware requirements. Most VR headsets also have their own SDKs (software development kits) that developers must use to create applications for the specific headset. This results in VR applications having to be developed and deployed for specific headsets and platforms, which strongly ties the distribution of VR applications to the specific hardware.


    The future of VR content distribution lies on the Internet, as more and more users want to access VR content without having to download or install a separate application. The Internet provides a seamless and accessible way to experience VR content directly through a web browser without having to install special hardware or software. In addition, the development of web technologies such as WebVR and WebXR is on the rise, further driving the creation of VR content on the web. In addition, the distribution of VR content over the Internet can reach a larger audience and accelerate the overall adoption of VR technology.

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