Google Releases Shockwave 3D Competitor

We may finally have a legitimate Shockwave 3D competitor. Google has released 03D. You can read about it at the Google Code Blog and visit the 03D homepage here.
Basically, it looks like the programming is done in JavaScript and the rendering is through a browser plug-in. In the past, this may have not seemed like a serious platform, but with JavaScript getting faster and faster as browsers compete, it certainly is viable. And the whole things is cross-cross platform in browsers and OSes, even Linux.
Plus, it looks to me like development won’t require any investment. Just code away using Web development tools or even a text editor. Models can come from Max, Maya, Google SketchUp, and possibly anywhere.
You can see some demos which show that it can compete in the game space.
3D gaming on the Web might be getting interesting again.

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 3:34 pm by Gary Rosenzweig · Permalink
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