Technology.am (Apr. 22, 2009) — Google on Tuesday released O3D software to get accelerated 3D graphics to browsers.
The O3D is a browser plug-in for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome that works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, but finally the technology will be built directly into browsers, hopes Google.
Google considers that it’s possible that multiple 3D interfaces will be supported in browsers of the future. “Ultimately, there’s going to be at least two,” Papakipos said, pointing out that 2D graphics in the browser has two technologies at present, SVG and Canvas.
Although Google has applications such as Google Earth that would benefit from 3D acceleration, the company knows well that games are the real draw.
There are plenty of casual gamers who might be interested in Web games that today might run with Adobe Systems’ Flash technology.