Not quite impressed with how a game looks when played through a browser? Epic Games and Mozilla want to change that. In an effort to show how far browsers have come as a gaming platform, the two companies have teamed up to give a demonstration of how the Unreal Engine 4 looks when Firefox is running it.
Using the Epic’s Soul and Swing Ninja demos, showing off both high-end 3D gaming and a simpler 2D style, Mozilla and Epic Games have gotten the Unreal Engine 4 to run at near native speeds without the aid of plugins to boost performance.
“This technology has reached a point where games users can jump into via a Web link are now almost indistinguishable from ones they might have had to wait to download and install,” said Brendan Eich, CTO and SVP of Engineering at Mozilla. “Using Emscripten to cross-compile C and C++ into asm.js, developers can run their games at near-native speeds, so they can approach the Web as they would any other platform.”
Unreal Engine 4 is of course designed to run on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One standards of graphics, but scaled down versions have been provided for mobile games and other platforms. This is in no way as optimized as the Unreal 4 is going to get for full blown productions, but it’s an impressive look into the possible future of 3D gaming through a browser.