Mozilla and Unity collaborate to give Web gaming a boost

Developers will be able to export their Unity games directly to the Web without the hassle of plugins

Mozilla and Unity Technologies are collaborating to make it easier for developers to create games that will run smoothly in a browser without plugins, thanks to technologies such as WebGL.

At this week's Game Developer Conference in San Francisco Mozilla's goal is show what an attractive gaming platform the Web has become, and how it's working with partners to make it even more powerful.

Mozilla and Unity are announcing a new add-on that will allow users of Unity's cross-platform development tools to create better games for the Web. Unity's tools can be used to simultaneously create games for a multitude of different platforms, including smartphones, PCs, consoles and the Web.

Millions of Unity developers will able to export their Unity games directly to the Web without the hassle of plugins while maintaining gameplay. To demonstrate the technology in action, the two companies are showing a demo of Dead Trigger 2, running in Firefox at near-native speed, Mozilla said in a blog post on Tuesday.

The two technologies making this possible are WebGL and asm.js. WebGL is a cross-platform, royalty-free Web standard for a low-level 3D graphics API based on OpenGL ES 2.0 and exposed through the HTML5 Canvas element as Document Object Model interfaces. Asm.js a "highly-optimized version of JavaScript that allows a developer to bring C and C++ games to the Web and reach near-native speeds," according to Mozilla.

Games will work well in all modern desktop browsers that fully support WebGL, with improved performance in Firefox because of its asm.js support, Mozilla said.

Unity's WebGL add-on will be made available with the release of version 5.0 of later this year.

At GDC, Mozilla and Epic Games are demonstrating the Unreal Engine 4 for the Web. At Mozilla's booth Goo Technologies is also demonstrating its gaming platform, which consists of the Goo Engine, a 3D JavaScript gaming engine entirely built on WebGL and HTML5, and Goo Create, a visual editing tool.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Internet-based applications and servicesapplication developmentgdcUnity TechnologiesgamesMozilla Foundationsoftwareonline servicesinternetDevelopment toolsgame software

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?