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VRDisplayCapabilities.hasExternalDisplay

This is an experimental technology
Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for usage in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future versions of browsers as the specification changes.

The hasExternalDisplay read-only property of the VRDisplayCapabilities interface returns a Boolean stating whether the VR display is separate from the device's primary display.

Note: If presenting VR content would obscure other content on the device, this will return false, in which case the application should not attempt to mirror VR content or update non-VR UI because that content will not be visible.

Syntax

var hasAnExternalDisplay = vrDisplayCapabilitiesInstance.hasExternalDisplay;

Value

A Boolean.

Examples

function reportDisplays() {
  navigator.getVRDisplays().then(function(displays) {
    for(var i = 0; i < displays.length; i++) {
      var cap = displays[i].capabilities;
      // cap is a VRDisplayCapabilities object
      var listItem = document.createElement('li');
      listItem.innerHTML = '<strong>Display ' + (i+1) + '</strong>'
                   + '<br>VR Display ID: ' + displays[i].displayId
                   + '<br>VR Display Name: ' + displays[i].displayName
                   + '<br>Display can present content: ' + cap.canPresent
                   + '<br>Display is separate from the computer\'s main display: ' + cap.hasExternalDisplay
                   + '<br>Display can return position info: ' + cap.hasPosition
                   + '<br>Display can return orientation info: ' + cap.hasOrientation
                   + '<br>Display max layers: ' + cap.maxLayers;
      list.appendChild(listItem);
    }
  });
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
WebVR 1.1
The definition of 'hasExternalDisplay' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic Support (Yes)1 2 (Yes)553 No ? ?
FeatureAndroidChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic Support No (Yes)4 ? ? No ? ?

1. Only works on desktop in an experimental version of Chrome (other builds won't return any devices when Navigator.getVRDisplays() is invoked).

2. , this feature is behind the WebVR preference. To change preferences in Chrome, visit chrome://flags.

3. Currently only Windows support is enabled by default. Mac support is available in Firefox Nightly.

4. Currently supported only by Google Daydream.

See also

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