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Superfast 3D gaming to land in Firefox, Chrome?


Will Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome browsers soon be the homes of super-fast 3D games?
 
PC World cited Mozilla's efforts and a Google programmer's suggestion in that direction, but said it is critical that major browser makers must support it too.
 
"In order for Web browsers to become a viable platform for high-performance 3D games, technologies that allow them to do that must be adopted by all the major browser makers. Otherwise, developers will be stuck making games for individual browsers—not an attractive proposition for them," it said.
Mozilla Firefox  
Mozilla, in a March 27 blog post, said its new innovations in JavaScript may allow game developers and publishers to bring games "more easily and cost effectively than before."
 
"To make these advancements, Mozilla developed a highly-optimized version of JavaScript that supercharges a developer’s gaming code in the browser to enable visually compelling, fast, 3D gaming experiences on the Web. With this technology we are also opening up the path for 3D Web-based games on mobile as JavaScript performance continues to close the gap with native," it said.
 
It said it is initially teaming up with Epic Games to use the new JavaScript optimization and bring Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 to the Web.
 
This in turn will let developers "explore limitless possibilities" in porting their games to the Web.
 
Mozilla invited developers to explore its "BananaBread" technology that allows peer-to-peer, multiplayer WebRTC functionality and JavaScript performance improvements.
 
Also, Mozilla said it is working with premium game publishers such as Disney, EA and ZeptoLab to open the path to Web-based games on mobile.
 
Google Chrome
 
Meanwhile, at least one Google programmer suggested support for JavaScript's asm.js in Google's Chrome browser.
 
"Optimizations should be added to V8 to generate good code for the asm.js subset of JavaScript. The implementation cost should be small compared to the potential upside: the ability to run significant existing code bases with close to the speed of C inside the JavaScript engine," Kenneth Russell said.
 
But PC World noted Google is also working on a technology called Dart, which may run counter to Mozilla's new technology that may keep JavaScript relevant longer.
 
"Dart, introduced more than a year ago, is a Web programming language designed to address the shortcomings of JavaScript and eventually replace it," PC World added. — TJD, GMA News
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