Samsung Gear VR now supports the web's native VR format

Get close and personal with the web, but expect some bugs as the WebVR standard isn't quite yet finished.

If you’re bored with browsing the Internet on a flat screen, then you may want to slap on a Gear VR headset for a completely different experience.

That’s because Samsung just tore the beta label off of its Samsung Internet for GearVR browser, which supports native WebVR and improves performance with video.

webvr Samsung Developers

Samsung says the user interface is designed to be familiar for existing users and reduce dizziness spells.

This means you’ll be able to access VR content where it’s discoverable online, though keep in mind the standard to support this is still experimental. WebVR is also very limited right now. Another point to illustrate this is how Google just launched its own tool for such experiences. Yet the with the rapid interest among tech companies we should see this expand pretty quickly.

If you want to check it out, you’ll need a Gear VR headset, accompanying Samsung smartphone, and the latest version of the Samsung Internet browser.

Why this matters: Samsung is leading the way when it comes to popularizing VR for the masses. By combining its svelte smartphones with a relatively inexpensive headset, the everyday smartphone users can get their head inside of this new technology without many barriers. Additionally, we expect to hear a lot about VR at this year’s Google I/O conference, given that the event will kick off at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. We’ll be there for all the key happenings May 18-20.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags samsungVRvirtual reality

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Derek Walter

Unknown Publication
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?