Google has announced an update to their Chrome browser which lets users stream Virtual Reality websites directly via their Daydream enabled smartphones and Daydream View headsets as well as without them.
Although Daydream is essential to experience the Virtual Reality efforts in their full glory, Google mentions that users can experience VR websites directly from their smartphones or desktops and interact using their mouse or fingers.
Now users have the ability to explore places like the Turkish palace, experience life at Syrian refugee camps, or just take a tour of your dream house, right from the comfort of your home.
“With the latest version of Chrome, we’re bringing VR to the web — making it as easy to step inside Air Force One as it is to access your favourite web page. We want to bring VR to everyone on any device, and in the coming moths we’ll add support for more headsets, including Google Cardboard,” Megan Lindsay, Product Manager, stated.
VR-enabled sites are already online and there is one such great video documentary called ‘Bear 71‘, which was previously available on Flash.
But since most browsers do not support that format anymore, the producers of the movie were ready to give VR a try — to make their documentary even more immersive.
In addition to the documentary which enables you to explore the wild through the eyes of a Grizzly bear, you can also tour Matterport’s library, which contains a massive collection of over 300,000 museums, canyons, iconic architecture and other mesmerising real places that can be accessed via Virtual Reality.
“We were attracted to WebVR for a number of reasons. First, WebVR demonstrates that innovation on the web, in browsers like Chrome, is still possible. We saw this as a chance to support the democratic web; using open web standards allows everyone to enjoy the experience and allows for maximal free expression,” Loc Dao, Chief Digital Officer, National Film Board of Canada, stated.
Users can also explore over a score of award-winning VR films at Within, which will give you a first-hand experience of happenings around the world.
Fan of anime? or wish to watch your favourite video game characters come to life in VR? Try Sketchfab. Users can contribute to this site too and share your creations with the world.
Don’t just want to sit and watch but wish to be a part of the Virtual Reality world that you’re experiencing? With the WebVRLab you can try teleporting around in space or just play a record of your choice using the Daydream controller.
The tech surrounding Virtual Reality has been expanding for the past few years as more and more companies are trying their hand at it. Recently, Facebook hired Hugo Barra in order to further their VR goals and lead the Oculus team too.