XRWebGLLayer: ignoreDepthValues property

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The read-only XRWebGLLayer property ignoreDepthValues is a Boolean value which is true if the session has been configured to ignore the values in the depth buffer while rendering the scene. If the depth buffer is being used to determine the position of vertices, this property is false.

The value of ignoreDepthValues can only be set when the XRWebGLLayer is instantiated, by setting the corresponding value in the constructor's options parameter.


A Boolean value which is true if the WebGL context's depth buffer is being used while computing the locations of points in the 3D world. Otherwise, if this is true, the depth buffer's values are being used to assist in placing objects in the scene. Since the XR compositor uses the depth buffer by default, this value is false unless explicitly set otherwise when creating the XRWebGLLayer using its constructor, XRWebGLLayer().

Usage notes

When the ignoreDepthValues property is false, the XR compositor uses the values found in the depth buffer, which should be accurate for the scene, in order to potentially improve the quality or the output as well as the comfort level for the viewer.

The depth buffer is framebufferWidth entries wide and framebuffer entries tall. Each entry in the buffer specifies the depth at which the corresponding pixel is located, and has a value between 0.0 and 1.0.

A depth buffer pixel value of 0.0 corresponds to the depth given by the session's depthNear and a value of 1.0 corresponds to the depth given by depthFar.

The depth, in tandem with the coordinates of each point being rendered, makes it possible to more accurately represent the scene in the 3D space.


If the Web application which is using WeXR is rendering its content without using a depth buffer—or if the depth buffer's contents are invalid—you should disable the use of the depth buffer for WebXR rendering by setting ignoreDepthValues to true when creating the XRWebGLLayer. This is demonstrated in the snippet of code below:

const glLayerOptions = {
  ignoreDepthValues: true,

let glLayer = new XRWebGLLayer(xrSession, gl, glLayerOptions);


WebXR Device API
# dom-xrwebgllayer-ignoredepthvalues

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