XRSession.requestAnimationFrame()

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The XRSession method requestAnimationFrame(), much like the Window method of the same name, schedules a callback to be executed the next time the browser is ready to paint the session's virtual environment to the XR display. The specified callback is executed once before the next repaint; if you wish for it to be executed for the following repaint, you must call requestAnimationFrame() again. This can be done from within the callback itself.

The callback takes two parameters as inputs: an XRFrame describing the state of all tracked objects for the session, and a time stamp you can use to compute any animation updates needed.

You can cancel a previously scheduled animation by calling cancelAnimationFrame().

Note: Despite the obvious similarities between these methods and the global requestAnimationFrame() function provided by the Window interface, you must not treat these as interchangeable. There is no guarantee that the latter will work at all while an immersive XR session is underway.

Syntax

xrSession.requestAnimationFrame(animationFrameCallback);

Parameters

animationFrameCallback

A function which is called before the next repaint in order to allow you to update and render the XR scene based on elapsed time, animation, user input changes, and so forth. The callback receives as input two parameters:

time
A DOMHighResTimeStamp indicating the time offset at which the updated viewer state was received from the WebXR device.
xrFrame
An XRFrame object describing the state of the objects being tracked by the session. This can be used to obtain the poses of the viewer and the scene itself, as well as other information needed to render a frame of an AR or VR scene.

Return value

An integer value which serves as a unique, non-zero ID or handle you may pass to cancelAnimationFrame() if you need to remove the pending animation frame request.

Example

The following example requests XRSession with "inline" mode so that it can be displayed in an HTML element (without the need for a separate AR or VR device).

Note: A real application should check that the device and the User Agent support WebXR API at all and then that they both support the desired session type via XR.isSessionSupported().

// Obtain XR object
const XR = navigator.xr

// Request a new XRSession
XR.requestSession("inline").then((xrSession) => {
  xrSession.requestAnimationFrame((time, xrFrame) => {
    let viewer = xrFrame.getViewerPose(xrReferenceSpace)

    gl.bindFramebuffer(xrWebGLLayer.framebuffer)
    for (xrView of viewer.views) {
      let xrViewport = xrWebGLLayer.getViewport(xrView)
      gl.viewport(xrViewport.x, xrViewport.y, xrViewport.width, xrViewport.height)

    // WebGL draw calls will now be rendered into the appropriate viewport.
    }
  })
})

The following example was taken directly from the spec draft. This example demonstrates a design pattern that ensures seamless transition between non-immersive animations created via Window.requestAnimationFrame and immersive XR animations.

let xrSession = null

function onWindowAnimationFrame(time) {
  window.requestAnimationFrame(onWindowAnimationFrame)

  // This may be called while an immersive session is running on some devices,
  // such as a desktop with a tethered headset. To prevent two loops from
  // rendering in parallel, skip drawing in this one until the session ends.
  if (!xrSession) {
    renderFrame(time, null)
  }
}

// The window animation loop can be started immediately upon the page loading.
window.requestAnimationFrame(onWindowAnimationFrame)

function onXRAnimationFrame(time, xrFrame) {
  xrSession.requestAnimationFrame(onXRAnimationFrame)
  renderFrame(time, xrFrame)
}

function renderFrame(time, xrFrame) {
  // Shared rendering logic.
}

// Assumed to be called by a user gesture event elsewhere in code.
function startXRSession() {
  navigator.xr.requestSession('immersive-vr').then((session) => {
    xrSession = session
    xrSession.addEventListener('end', onXRSessionEnded)
    // Do necessary session setup here.
    // Begin the session’s animation loop.
    xrSession.requestAnimationFrame(onXRAnimationFrame)
  })
}

function onXRSessionEnded() {
  xrSession = null
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
WebXR Device API
The definition of 'XRSession.requestAnimationFrame' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
requestAnimationFrame()Chrome No support NoEdge No support NoFirefox No support NoIE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari No support NoWebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoFirefox Android No support NoOpera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android No support No

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