Games in a browser aren’t anything new, they have been around for quite come time now, however, none of the previous web browser games have been quite up to what you would expect from a normal video game, which has previously been due to the processing power required to do such a task.
This week, Mozilla unveiled one new web technology that aims to fix this, WebAssembly.
WebAssembly is a new technology that was announced to be included in a new version of the Firefox web browser, enabling high-resource apps and games to run right in the browser, in a similar way to how they would on the desktop and because they are parsed and complied before they even hit your browser, they are pretty much ready before you even launch them.
Of course, in order to take advantage of this. Developers will obviously need to code a game of app with WebAssembly, however, once they have, it will work in the same way on any supported browser, which is pretty awesome given the range of things developers already have to consider when developing for multiple browsers.
Thankfully, WebAssembly is a really easy programming language to get the hang of.
At the moment, Firefox is the only browser to support WebAssembly, however, Google’s and Microsoft’s browsers will also feature this support soon.
You can check it out in the Firefox beta on Mac, PC, and Linux today, or you could just check out the video below.
You can read more about the launch of WebAssembly and the other features in the latest version of Firefox at the source link below.