tech2 News StaffFeb 10, 2017 11:50:51 IST
So far, videos and software were the main ways to consume immersive virtual reality experiences. Chrome has just added capability for delivering virtual reality experiences through web pages. The fully immersive experiences are supported for Daydream ready devices, paired with Daydream View headsets. The Google Pixel, Moto Z and the ZTE Axon 7 are the devices that are Daydream ready as of now.
For those without a Daydream ready phone and the Daydream headset, the VR experiences supported through Chrome are still available on the desktop and any device. There is no stereoscopic vision, instead users can navigate around the experiences and scenes through taps or mouse clicks.
There are a number of VR capable web sites already available, and more are coming soon according to Google. The interactive documentary Bear 71 is an exploration of the intersection between humans, nature and technology.
The Matterport library is a virtual collection of over 300,000 museums, celebrity homes and iconic buildings.
There are more than two dozen award winning documentary and fiction films available at Within.
Sketchfab has more than a million computer generated imagery scenes, with a community that allows for creation and sharing of VR scenes.
PlayCanvas has a WebVRLab, which is a virtual reality playground of sorts. The Daydream controller can be used for the interactive elements in the experience, such as teleportation or playing records.
In the coming months, Google plans to add web VR capability through Chrome for more headsets, including Google Cardboard.
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