IE 11 Has Much Improved WebGL Performance

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dk 158 Nov 06, 2013 at 09:06 webgl browser

Discuss link: IE 11 Has Much Improved WebGL Performance (www.scirra.com)

The article suggests IE 11 outperforms Chrome and Firefox in WebGL performance in everything, which is misleading. For the particular benchmark they’re doing, a more accurate conclusion would be that IE 11 outperforms Chrome and Firefox in WebGL in pixel fill-rate. Nevertheless, it’s impressive and I think IE is finally on par with the rest of the browsers in terms of performing well and conforming to open standards.

I haven’t personally tried IE 11, so anyone want to share their experiences with it?

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fireside 141 Nov 06, 2013 at 12:09

Impressive. It looks like we finally have a standard on all browsers.

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TheNut 179 Nov 06, 2013 at 16:19

I’m reluctant to download preview versions from Microsoft, but I’ll install it when it’s officially released for Windows 7. This is tremendously great news for me that Microsoft finally jumped on board with WebGL. Not so much because it exposes WebGL to more people (sure that’s nice), but because it will streamline my development. I use Visual Studio for everything, including JavaScript development (it’s really good with it). Unfortunately, the debugger only works with IE so when I test code in Firefox, I have to setup my breakpoints and watch lists using FireBug, which is very unproductive in comparison. Now I’ll be able to use VS for the entire development process. I’ll post more details about that once this is officially released.

Now, the second most important thing… Web Audio! That’s the only thing missing on IE’s radar, so that’s going to create another divide until they jump on board with that too. You can’t have awesome looking games with mediocre audio.

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fireside 141 Nov 06, 2013 at 18:12

Yeah, count on Microsoft to leave something out. No matter what they say, I still remember the “embrace and extend” days where they pretend to join only to change the standards and confuse the whole thing.