Google's autoplay update is being reversed after causing issues for unintended targets

Google's autoplay update is being reversed after causing issues for unintended targets

Google is rolling back a recent Chrome browser update that inadvertently broke the audio in many HTML5-based Web games.

This stay of execution grants a good deal of breathing room for game developers and the Chrome team alike but some game makers aren't happy with the solution.

This is, apparently, reasonably easy to do; however, some users have complained that, even with several months to act, not every game, art project, or whatever else will be updated.

The new autoplay policy was considered a win for users who felt ambushed by noisy video ads and content.

With the release of Chrome 66 in April, Google clamped down on lots of websites that tried to play video and audio automatically, but the browser doesn't always block autoplay.

The autoplay-video blocker is created to fix one of the greatest problems of the Internet: autoplaying videos on websites.

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That's not what Chrome's developers intended: the plan was to stop auto-playing vids from assaulting your ears and chewing bandwidth.

The good news is that Google isn't throwing out the baby with the bath water: Pallett said the change "does not affect most media playback on the web" because the "autoplay policy will remain in effect for video and audio " content.

We're doing this to give Web Audio API developers (e.g. gaming, audio applications, some RTC features) more time to update their code.

Pallett urged developers to prepare for Chrome 70 by following its autoplay instructions for the Web Audio API.

Other comments call for a response from the Chrome development team, particularly with regard to suggestions for modifying the policy to indicate when audio is being disabled, and to enable users to easily switch it back on, either temporarily or permanently. This was after Google acknowledged the complaints from various web-users related to the auto-play ads which were not only bothering a user but also use up the hardware resources along with consuming a huge amount of data.

While muting autoplay media is certainly a welcome change to many a user, the new policy had some unseen consequences for countless game developers.

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