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Latest Version of Chrome Steps Up its Gaming Game

Google’s Chrome web browser has been updated to version 22.

Chrome will automatically update for current users. If you’d like to give the latest version a try, head over to the Chrome download page.

It’ll be another three months before Chrome can match the venerable Emacs in version numbers, but in the mean time Chrome 22 has other goals in mind — like some JavaScript improvements and a new mouse API that should help make online games more fun.

Chrome 22 supports the Pointer Lock JavaScript API, often referred to as “mouse lock”. As Chromium Engineer Vincent Scheib writes on the Chromium blog, “now 3D applications such as first-person games can allow users to control their perspective naturally with the mouse, without moving outside the window or bumping into the edge of their screen.”

If you’d like to see the Pointer Lock API in action, point the latest version of Chrome at Banana Bread, Mozilla’s 3D first-person shooter demo over on the Mozilla Developer Network.

Chrome 22 also packs in numerous bug fixes, some polish for the Windows 8 version of Chrome and some more improvements for those using Chrome on Apple’s new Retina screen laptops.