Matterport unveils WebVR support for VR app

Aug. 4, 2017, 12:12 p.m. By: Pranjal Kumar

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Matterport which is known for producing professional quality 360 degrees camera which can produce DSLR quality content. Matterport also supplies Matterport VR spaces which are an app where users can access the virtual reality content published by Matterport’s partner industries. Now, the company is planning to extend support for Matterport VR spaces beyond Google Daydream. The company wants to make the video available on android device using WebVR which will increase the company’s user base.

Matterport has been working with the companies like Truss (real estate company) to provide 360 degrees walk through of available properties for customers using Google Daydream. But, now with the addition of WebVR, users on any android device will be able to use their web browser to view Matterport VR spaces content without the need for Google Daydream headset or a different app.

The Web VR is an open source standard developed by a group of engineers as a part of W3C (World Wide Web). The WebVR API was developed by many experts from Google, Mozilla, Apple. This will allow the end users to access the VR content, simply by using a web browser. The only requirement is that the user needs to have the Android device with Android Lollipop (5.0) or newer along with the inbuilt gyroscope and Chrome browser version 59 or newer. This will not limit the user base most of the Android users have shifted to Android version 5.0+. The user will have to tap the VR icon present in the bottom right to switch to VR mode while visiting the Matterport content.

The company also plans to extend WebVR support to iOS devices and Google Cardboard and Samsung GearVR also.