Google has announced a new beta build for its Chrome browser (94) that integrates the next generation of technologies that will make running games in your browser easier.
The API will allow developers to use media components already bundled with your browser such as - Video and audio encoders, Video and audio decoders, Raw video frames and Image decoders. This in turn will allow developer's to maintain relatively latency free cloud streaming, which is important for the gameplay experience when streaming games using a cloud service.
WebGPU gives developer's more access to your machine's graphics horsepower. It allows them to link directly into gaming API's such as Direct X 12, Vulkan or Apple's Metal to improve the quality of graphics for games designed for the browser.
A direct link to graphics API's will mean better support for faster computation processes that can be performed directly on a graphics card. This will let developer's tap into more horsepower for the future.
Besides gaming, both technologies have also seen interest from outside the field too, such as using WebCodecs for video conferencing and WebGPU for rendering 3D models that can be viewed directly in your browser.Google says that WebCodecs is nearing release but WebGPU is currently experimental and will see full release with Chrome version 99 expected sometime in early 2022.