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.

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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.

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