Opera browser: Opera has released a new developer update bringing VR headset support to watch the 360-degree videos from the websites. The new Opera Developer 49 (for macOS, Windows, Linux) comes with the built-in VR 360 player. The headsets support such as an Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and other OpenVR compatible devices.

Opera browser receives 360- degree support for VR headsets:  

The Opera VR 360 player is integrated into the recent Opera Developer 49 version. It will automatically detect the installed VR headset. When the customer’s browsers a video, a button above the video (next to the Opera’s video pop button) tagged watch in VR will appear. Clicking on the button will open the video in the installed VR headset simply.

You don’t need the keyboard or mouse to around the video. The simple gesture of the head will be work. Also, the Opera notes that the new video playback will not only support the 360-degree video. It supports standard videos also. You can release any 2D movie or standard 180-degree video through the headset also. It is worth mentioning the VR 360 player does not work with the phone based mobile VR headset such as Google Cardboard.

Opera claims that it is the first web browser to support the 360-degree videos in the virtual reality headsets. Recently to watch the online video from the desktop on the VR headsets, this video is needed to be first downloading and then opened in the separate player app for it to work. The Opera Develop 49, it is workaround can easily be evaded, saving the precious bandwidth.

Opera browser MD statement:

The Head of the Opera browser Krystian Kolondra said in the statement “It is the first step on the path for a fully immersive and compatible VR experience on Opera web browser.  It’s ever-growing resources of 360-degree content from the independent filmmakers and major media and sports companies. It is hard for the VR capabilities to keep up with our imagination. We want to make life easier for the VR enthusiasts by providing instant VR video playback.  We will continue the work with our partners to test and support other models of the VR headsets in entering the market. It brings the best VR web experience will not stop. We also plan to have a full WebVR support. It is standard is more mature and ready for the great VR content”.

This support is still under testing, if you want to use the inbuilt 360 video player right away, you need to download the recent Opera developer version click here.


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