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.
Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung 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 63
Notes
Notes macOS support was enabled in Firefox 63.
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 ? Opera 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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