Oculus will announce a way to bring VR to the web with React

Oculus will announce a way to bring VR to the web with React

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VR won’t be confined to apps. Oculus is about to launch a new method for creating virtual reality experiences that run on the web, a source familiar with today’s Oculus Connect conference announcements tells TechCrunch. The method will build on Facebook’s React javascript framework, which makes it easy to port code between platforms like iOS, Android, and the web to create frontend user interfaces.

The tip from TechCrunch’s source is supported by the inclusion of a WebVR breakout session later in today’s schedule.

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WebVR is a nacent javascript API that once adopted by browsers could allow VR experiences to load directly from the web without the need for an app download. Chrome is supposed to add WebVR support this fall.

If Oculus can allow titles built for its headsets to also play on the web, it could expand the audience its developers can reach, which will attract more of them to its platform. That’s critical as the big VR platforms like Oculus, HTC Vive, and Playstation VR are all competing for developers to fill their headsets with the best games and apps.

We’ll have more details soon, as well as the official announcement when it’s made at the conference.

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