VRFrameData.timestamp

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

The timestamp read-only property of the VRFrameData interface returns a constantly increasing timestamp value representing the time a frame update occurred.

Timestamps are useful for determining if position state data has been updated from the hardware. Since values are monotonically increasing, they can be compared to determine the ordering of updates — newer values will always be greater than or equal to older values.

The timestamp starts at 0 the first time VRDisplay.getFrameData() is invoked for a given VRDisplay.

Syntax

var myTimestamp = vrFrameDataInstance.timestamp;

Value

A DOMHighResTimeStamp object.

Examples

var frameData = new VRFrameData();
var vrDisplay;

navigator.getVRDisplays().then(function(displays) {
  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() {        
      drawVRScene();
    });
  });
});

// WebVR: Draw the scene for the WebVR display.
function drawVRScene() {
  // WebVR: Request the next frame of the animation
  vrSceneFrame = vrDisplay.requestAnimationFrame(drawVRScene);

  // Populate frameData with the data of the next frame to display
  vrDisplay.getFrameData(frameData);

  // grab the current timestamp on each run of the rendering loop
  // and do something with it
  framedata.timestamp

    ...

  // WebVR: Indicates that we are ready to present the rendered frame to the VR display
  vrDisplay.submitFrame();
}

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes1 2 Yes

553

584

No ? ?
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support No Yes5 ? ? 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. Windows support was enabled in Firefox 55.

4. macOS support was enabled in Firefox 58.

5. Currently supported only by Google Daydream.

See also

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