WebGPU support appeared in the beta version of Chrome 113

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Google is set to release its Chrome version 113 that features support for advanced graphics using the WebGPU application programming interface (API). The WebGPU API works similarly to DirectX 12, Metal and Vulkan, allowing developers to offload graphics rendering calculations to the built-in graphics accelerator, thus saving resources and providing a better user experience. This new development is expected to be the first step toward a more advanced graphics function for the Chrome browser. Initially, support for WebGPU will only be available for Google builds for Windows, MacOS and ChromeOS, but in future releases, they will add compatibility with Linux and Android.

WebGPU support appeared in the beta version of Chrome 113

The Chrome development team reported that in version 113 of the browser, support for advanced graphics using the WebGPU API appeared. The full release is scheduled for May 2. Initially, Google will include support in builds for Windows, MacOS, and ChromeOS.

The WebGPU API works similarly to DirectX 12, Metal, and Vulkan and allows developers to offload graphics rendering calculations to the built-in graphics accelerator. This saves resources and provides a better user experience.

Google said that the inclusion of WebGPU in Chrome can be called the first step towards the development of more advanced graphics functions for the browser. The API was developed by the GPU for the Web team of the World Wide Web Consortium, which included experts from Mozilla, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft. For six years, more than 90 developers participated in the project.

The company plans to release Chrome 113 in early May 2023. WebGPU support will first appear on ChromeOS devices with Vulkan support, Windows with DirectX 12 support, and macOS. In future releases, the company will add compatibility with Linux and Android. Google also said that WebGPU support will appear in Firefox and Safari in the near future.

Popular JavaScript libraries have already received full or partial support for the new graphics API:

  • Babylon.js – full support for WebGPU;

  • PlayCanvas – basic support;

  • TensorFlow.js – works with most basic functions;

  • Three.js – technology continues.

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