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Is Virtual Reality Really The Future of Web Design?

When the first VR headsets were unveiled, we couldn’t help but feel this might be one of those trends that just doesn’t quite take off. Although VR has been toyed around with for decades now, people have only started to grasp the true potential of this technology in the last couple of years or so.

But even with the release of the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR systems, there was still a little doubt as to how popular this technology would be. After all, how comfortable is it to sit there with a great big headset on your face?

Now a couple of years have passed, and the popularity of VR just hasn’t stopped growing. People are desperate to see how this technology will evolve over the next few years and branch out from the gaming community. As web developers, it’s safe to say we’re positively giddy with anticipation- an excitement that was certainly fuelled by the use of VR in Spielberg’s Ready Player One earlier this year.

Could Web Design Make Use Of Virtual Reality?

For many of you, the very idea of web design and VR coming together might sound completely absurd. VR is currently only really used for playing games, with gamers all over the world clamouring to become a rally driver, a Jedi Knight or even Batman when they pull on the headset.

While the ability to become Batman is certainly appealing, VR could reach yet new heights by allowing users to browse the web via their headsets. This would allow users to enjoy a fully immersive, explorable experience and get themselves lost within their browsing adventure. It goes without saying that, for a web developer, there’s an incredibly exciting future ahead.

For businesses, VR presents an incredible opportunity to get customers fully immersed and engaged with your brand; while you’re also bound to stand above competitors with this kind of tech. If you think that the prospect of VR web design sounds silly, then just remember: a few years ago, the thought of mobile web design would have sounded equally outrageous.

What is WebVR All About?

In fact, you can already do some browsing through the headset with Web VR, an experimental JavaScript API that provides support for VR devices. So, if you’ve got an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive, you can browse the web in VR by using one of the compatible browsers.

Of course, this technology is constantly being updated and evolving, and web designers still need to react to the possibility of changing trends. Should eCommerce sites start offering a virtual in-store experience? Could a restaurant offer a VR tour of the building and allow users to pick a table? We’re sure we’ll find out soon enough, as VR continues to improve and integrate itself into the world of web design.

Whether it takes months, years or even decades, one thing is certain: VR will transform web design in Manchester, Europe and the rest of the world. And we can’t wait.


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