Mozilla has been making great strides when it comes to virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) support, such as ensuring Firefox Reality will work with HoloLens 2. Last year the company released an experimental browser-based social platform called Hubs, where users could create rooms and share content. Today, Mozilla has revealed integration plans with popular community platform Discord.
Discord is a voice and chat platform commonly used by the gaming and technology communities online. In recent years more and more developers use it to connect with players, post updates and use it as a portal so gamers can beta test titles. Quite often you’ll find links in VRFocus articles to Discord.
“The Hubs Discord integration allows members to use their Discord identity to connect to rooms and connects a Discord channel with a specific Hubs room in order to capture the text chat, photos taken, and media shared between users in each space,” explains Liv Erickson, Senior Product Manager & Greg Fodor, Engineering Manager, Hubs on the Mozilla Blog. “With the ability to add web content to rooms in Hubs, users who are co-present together are able to collaborate and entertain one another, watch videos, chat, share their screen / webcam feed, and pull in 3D objects from Sketchfab and Google Poly. Users will be able to chat in the linked Discord channel to send messages, see the media added to the connected Hubs room, and easily get updates on who has joined or left at any given time.”
As is quite common for Mozilla, Hubs is fully open source and free to try as the company continues to push WebVR. Because of this, Hubs will work with pretty much any VR headset, simply log into the browser. To try the Discord integration you’ll need to sign up to the beta here. And don’t forget to check out the public Hubs Community Discord server for continual info.
As for future plans, the Hubs team plan to introduce additional platform integrations and new tools related to room management, authentication, and identity. Hubs can be used without a persistent identity or login but having a Hubs account or using your Discord identity will allow access to an increased feature set. For further updates, keep reading VRFocus.