Google recently announced that WebGPU, an API allowing web applications to access enhanced graphics card capabilities, will be enabled by default in Chrome 113, set to launch in about three weeks. WebGPU will be available on Windows PCs that support Direct3D 12, macOS, and ChromeOS devices that support Vulkan.
In a blog post, Google explained that WebGPU enables developers to achieve high-quality graphics with significantly less code and offers “more than three times improvements in machine learning model inferences.” This enhanced machine learning performance could prove to be a significant advantage in the era of generative AIs and large language models. While services like Google’s Bard and Microsoft’s Bing don’t utilize local hardware, numerous potential applications could benefit from improved machine learning capabilities.
This development could have exciting implications for web3 games such as REVV, Decentraland, Mini Royale, and ev.io. With WebGPU’s enhanced graphics capabilities, developers can create better-looking and more immersive games for browsers, potentially expanding the reach and appeal of these web3 games. As Google continues to refine WebGPU, promising “more advanced graphics features” and “deeper access to shader cores” in future updates, web3 browser based games stand to gain even more from this technology.
Babylon.js, for instance, already showcases an impressive demo that can be accessed using the Chrome Beta. Google emphasizes that the upcoming release serves as a foundation for future updates and enhancements, while also improving the development process for content that relies on WebGPU.
Initially designed in 2017, WebGPU has been under development ever since. It is not exclusive to Chrome and should eventually be available in Firefox and Safari as well. Google is also working on expanding WebGPU support to additional operating systems, such as Linux and Android.
In other Chrome news, Google announced on Wednesday its intention to accelerate future browser releases. While stable releases will maintain their current schedule, Google plans to “feature freeze” them later, reducing the time between when developers stop adding new features and when the general public receives the update, streamlining the development process.
The introduction of WebGPU in Chrome 113 could serve as a catalyst for the growth of web-based applications and gaming. Developers will have the opportunity to create more engaging and visually stunning experiences without the need for downloading and installing software. This could lead to increased adoption of web-based platforms and applications, as users can access these experiences directly through their browsers.
As the web3 gaming market continues to grow, the integration of WebGPU into popular browsers could also enable the development of more advanced and interactive decentralized applications (dApps). With improved graphics capabilities, dApps could become more appealing to a broader user base, contributing to the overall growth and adoption of blockchain technology.
Furthermore, the integration of WebGPU could lead to the creation of new web-based tools and applications that leverage machine learning capabilities. This could open the door for innovative solutions in various industries, such as healthcare, finance, and education, where machine learning has the potential to transform the way services are delivered and enhance the overall user experience.
As more browsers adopt WebGPU, developers will have the ability to create cross-platform applications with improved performance and user experiences. This will not only benefit web3 games like REVV, Decentraland, Mini Royale, and eV.io, but also facilitate the development of cutting-edge applications in diverse fields, ranging from data visualization to virtual reality.
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