Firefox 51 and Chrome 56 Launch with WebGL 2.0

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2017 - 03:55 PM |
Tagged: webgl, webgl2, firefox, chrome, google, mozilla, Opera

After quite a bit of anticipation, both Mozilla and Google have just shipped compatible implementations of WebGL 2. This feature was unlocked to the public in Firefox 51 and Chrome 56 for the desktop, both released this week, while Opera will push it out to desktop and mobile on their next version, Opera 43. Microsoft currently has the API “under consideration” for Edge.

As we’ve highlighted in the past, this new version of the graphics API pushes the platform up to OpenGL ES 3.0, with a few exceptions that are typically made for security reasons. This update allows quite a few new features like off-screen render targets, which is useful for deferred rendering. The shading language is also significantly larger, and can now operate natively on integer types and 3D textures.

WebGL 2.0 does not include compute shaders, however, which is a bit unfortunate. That said, it is (at least last I checked) a highly-requested feature and the browser vendors are interested in providing it.

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January 27, 2017 | 06:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

VR shopping anyone? It's bound to happen and requires gfx accel in browser.

January 27, 2017 | 07:26 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Not sure about a virtual mall or anything like that, but there's a lot of potential for WebVR and WebGL to be used in practical applications, like shopping.

January 27, 2017 | 08:29 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So I can control a robotic shopping bot that I'm connected to via VR/AR and pick and choose the nice tomatoes/etc. I can then have my food robotically delivered to my house/apartment by that bot(WALL-E) all while resting on my fat A$$.

I'm just waiting for Jeff Bezos to design an Amazon Apartment complex where there is an underground Amazon distribution center below the complex and every apartment has a large pneumatic delivery portal that can have most food/small item purchases delivered by pneumatic tube with the larger packages delivered by robot right to your door.

Hell Elon Musk wants to build tunnels below Los Angeles so maybe Bezos can get him some robotic delivery tubes and such! Hell, even large tunnels below cities could connected up to large underground distribution center spaces and trucks banned from city streets. There you go maybe Musk and Bezos/others could team up with Disney and build a real working city with all that delivery logistic/warehouse stuff underground and connected to every apartment, restaurant, business by underground tube where everything is delivered out of sight, smell, and way of the people living in the city of the future.

P.S. I’m on the 5th floor in an apartment and still the Truck(Garbage/delivery/whatever) backup alarms are so loud that they wake me up all hours of the night! ditto for the delivery trucks and their drivers that take to flinging the food boxes from the back of the truck onto those aluminum delivery carts, all that damn thumping, banging also causes me to lose sleep! I say move all that noisy crap underground ultra Boston big-dig style and free up space in the urban areas for more parks and such. Cities without delivery trucks clogging the streets, the same for buses and such! move all that crap underground!

Get to work you billionaires, maybe one day you will become trillionaires.

January 29, 2017 | 05:19 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Shit like this is a big waste of time. Nobody cares, wants, or needs to run 3D shit inside a browser now, nor ever.

This is gigantic waste of resources that contributes to inefficency, bloat, and instability both inside the browser and on webpages where some retard decides it would be cool to code some floaty 3d shit that 1% of people could even run.

These nerds will just keep jerking off to their tech demos because this is all the effort is ever going to accomplish.

January 29, 2017 | 10:29 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You can do a lots of things inside google-chrome tabs. I have got 15 to 30 extensions and apps. Some of them runs in their on windows and the others in chrome tabs.

You can see the power of the browser. If I can save all my work on google drive, then you can access all your data from anywhere.

Did you know that chrome browser has 56.3% market share? I have google-chrome 55 now, and very soon I will upgrade to google-chrome 56.

It is going to be very interesting.

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