A huge new development has landed recently, and it's news that will bring hope to the gaming community and show off the power that HTML5 can generate. It was only a year ago when Mozilla (News - Alert) brought Unreal Engine 3 to Firefox, and now Mozilla has taken things a step forward by bringing in Unreal Engine 4, giving a whole new power to browser gaming and opening up some significant potential in the field.
This is a market that's already been seen a spike in activity; recently, NomNom Games brought out "Monster Madness" for browsers, using the power inherent in asm.js to bring the game to the Web. "Monster Madness" also represented the first commercial game powered by the Unreal Engine 3 engine that was published on the Web, which even then was a major stroke for gaming development and for HTML5 in general. Better yet, Mozilla will be out at the upcoming Game Developer's Conference showing off some of these new developments, so a look at one possible future for gaming will be on hand and ready to go.
While there are significant advances here for gaming, this development goes beyond just gaming. What the migration of Unreal Engine 4 to Firefox really shows is that HTML5 applications have the potential to be every bit as fast as native apps, and that makes HTML5 not only a viable alternative for gaming, but also for mobile apps of all stripes.
For some time, HTML5 has been considered something of a novelty, but with the successful translation of Unreal Engine 4 to Firefox, the speed and power capability of the Web browser is proven. HTML5 has traditionally had long potential as an excellent mobile platform, working well on Android (News - Alert), iOS and Windows systems alike and offering developers the ability to create an app once and have it easily work on several platforms at once instead of having to port an app to other platforms. That allows faster time-to-market and the potential to develop more efficiently in general.
Only time will tell just what new apps come out of this development, or just how far-reaching the effects of near-native speeds in HTML5 will prove to be. But the groundwork seems to have been thoroughly set, and it's a safe bet that HTML5 applications will keeping gaining ground.