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Friday, November 25, 2011

Google Chrome to add gamepad support


         Google's Chrome browser will soon have greatly enhanced gaming capabilities, with plug-and-play support for gamepads on the way. The news was revealed by Google developer advocate Paul Kinlan during a talk earler today at Develop Liverpool. Due in the first quarter of next year, the update will also see Chrome support cameras and microphones without the need for plug-ins, with Kinlan hinting at the possibilities for augmented reality games and player tracking. 



Also planned is support for WebRTC, an open-source video chat application that will run directly in-browser with no plug-in required. It's technology that could support an OnLive-style cloud gaming service, though Google is not working on creating one at present. It all goes to show the growing potential of Chrome for games. With HTML5 widely accepted to replace Flash in the fullness of time, Chrome's support for accelerated graphics with WebGL, and an unrivalled update cycle - Google releases a new version every six weeks, no matter what - it's certainly got the technology. With over 200 million users - it's expected to replace Mozilla Firefox as the second most popular browser on the planet before the year is out - it also has the audience.

17 comments:

  1. I cant wait to Google's Chrome browser will soon have greatly enhanced gaming capabilities, with plug-and-play support for gamepads

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  2. Google Chrome is one of the best and fastest browsers for me, Good News to Hear...

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  3. This will revolutionize Newgrounds :D

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  4. that will be awesome for developers. Can't wait to see how it turns out

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  5. wait wait why would i need geampad support on a web browser? so its more like an xbox console or ps3 interface and OMG all those flash games played via gamepad DO WANT

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