VRDisplay.getLayers()

This is an experimental technology
Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The getLayers() method of the VRDisplay interface returns the layers currently being presented by the VRDisplay.

Syntax

var myLayers = vrDisplayInstance.getLayers();

Parameters

None.

Return value

If the VRDevice is presenting, this method returns an array of the VRLayerInit objects currently being presented (this will currently be one, as VRDisplayCapabilities.maxLayers is currently always 1). If the VRDevice is not presenting, this method returns an empty array.

Examples

// currently returns an empty array
var layers = vrDisplay.getLayers();

if(navigator.getVRDisplays) {
  console.log('WebVR 1.1 supported');
  // Then get the displays attached to the computer
  navigator.getVRDisplays().then(function(displays) {
    // If a display is available, use it to present the scene
    if(displays.length > 0) {
      vrDisplay = displays[0];
      console.log('Display found');
      // Starting the presentation when the button is clicked: It can only be called in response to a user gesture
      btn.addEventListener('click', function() {
        vrDisplay.requestPresent([{ source: canvas }]).then(function() {
          console.log('Presenting to WebVR display');

          // Here it returns an array of VRLayerInit objects
          var layers = vrDisplay.getLayers();

          ...
        });
      });
    }
  });
}

VRLayerInit objects look something like this:

{
  leftBounds : [ ... ],
  rightBounds: [ ... ],
  source: canvasReference
}

Note: The canvasReference refers to the <canvas> element itself, not the WebGL context associated with the canvas. The other two members are arrays

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
WebVR 1.1
The definition of 'getLayers()' in that specification.
Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Basic support
Experimental
Chrome No support NoEdge Full support 15Firefox Full support 55
Notes
Full support 55
Notes
Notes Windows support was enabled in Firefox 55.
Full support 64
Notes
Notes macOS support was enabled in Firefox 64.
IE No support NoOpera ? Safari ? WebView Android No support NoChrome Android Full support 56
Notes Disabled
Full support 56
Notes Disabled
Notes Only works in an experimental version of Chrome. (Other builds won't return any devices when Navigator.getVRDisplays() is invoked.)
Notes Daydream View supported in Chrome 56.
Notes Google Cardboard supported in Chrome 57.
Disabled From version 56: this feature is behind the WebVR preference. To change preferences in Chrome, visit chrome://flags.
Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 55Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android Full support 6.0

Legend

Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.

See also

Document Tags and Contributors

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