Microsoft has confirmed that it plans to add WebVR support for Edge browser. This feature will allow virtual reality content to be played right into the application. You’ll be able to watch VR content through the browser, no matter what device or platform you’re using. The company has announced its plan for the Internet Explorer’s successor by saying that ‘WebVR is the next frontier in web graphics, enabling developers to create a wide range of truly immersive experiences for a variety of devices‘.

A stereoscopic screen capture from “Mars One” Mission, an example WebVR scene on SketchFab
A stereoscopic screen capture from “Mars One” Mission, an example WebVR scene on SketchFab

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update had added support for extensions in Microsoft Edge browser. It seems the company is planning much more for its new default browser. Virtual reality is the next best thing in the tech field. WebVR is based on the JavaScript API and is already implemented in builds of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Microsoft said in a statement

“Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve begun development on experimental WebVR support in Microsoft Edge! WebVR is the next frontier in web graphics, enabling developers to create a wide range of truly immersive experiences for a variety of devices.”

The tech giant has been working with several other companies including Mozilla, Google, and Oculus to improve the W3C WebVR standard. WebVR is meant to be platform agnostic. Microsoft wants to make WebVR an interoperable tool for developers. However, the new project is still in its early days, so it’ll take a while until users will get to try it. The final version will likely be part of the Redstone 2 update, to be released in the spring of 2017.

You can check up on the development status about the project at Microsoft’s Edge developer site here.