Chrome 94: Better Optimization for Cloud Video Games

Google has announced a beta 94 version of the Chrome browser. Among the new features, the publishers mention two new technologies to optimize the video games available on the Web.

Chrome 94: two technologies for gaming

While cloud gaming is booming, Google announces improvements to its Chrome browser that will help boost the performance of video games on it. These changes are planned for version 94 of the browser, which was recently released in beta.

This new version adds new features to the browser and also brings some improvements. In a blog post, Google said that Chrome 94 Beta marks the completion of the WebCodecs API as part of its original trial. It will therefore now be officially available.

This first technology, WebCodecs, aims to give developers better access to audio, image, and video encoding and decoding codecs included in the web browser. At a reduced level, the codec should allow better support for emerging applications such as streaming gaming, which is sensitive to latency. This without increasing consumption, which would have been the case with codecs such as JavaScript. 

The second innovation, WebGPU, is also a programming interface designed to provide developers with native access to a device’s graphics card. Thus, during video game sessions, the browser will be able to communicate directly with it in a language that it understands, without an additional software layer. Here again, it is again in speed that is sought. What “to allow developers to more easily create graphically intense games that run in the browser, by exploiting the full power of current generation GPUs,” according to  The Verge.

Optimizations that don’t happen right away

However, you will have to be patient, because the WebGPU API is only in its first tests and Google does not plan to use it before 2022, in Chrome 99. Apple should also provide access to the WebGPU API this year. next, in a future version of its Safari browser.

Google chrome 94

The WebCodecs API is for its part planned for version 94 of the Google browser, after an experiment in Chrome 93. It allows developers to have more direct access to multimedia components in the browser, in particular encoders and decoders. for audio and video, as well as picture decoders and raw pictures contained in a video.

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