Google recently released O3D, an open source shader-based, low-level graphics API that gives developers an opportunity to develop rich, interactive 3D applications for the browser. The technology uses the graphics card to render 3D environment inside the browser in real time just like a game does. The API is still at an early stage but the results are impressive.
There are already plenty of demos and samples that you can run on your browser. Checkout the Beach Scene (also shown in the above video). You will require to install the O3D browser plugin the run the demos. Supported browsers are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome and work on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
The future looks quite bright for web based games, which till now were limited and confined to 2D, arcade type games based on the Adobe Flash plugin. I’m looking forward to playing F.E.A.R or Call of Duty on my browser.
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