RenderDragon is a rendering engine used in Bedrock Edition and Minecraft Earth. in Bedrock Edition, it is currently available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It will soon be introduced to Windows 10 in 1.16.100.
RenderDragon features edge highlighting and new lighting techniques as part of the soon-to-be visual and performance upgrades. It supports a range of graphics features, depending on the device's capability. Most devices have some graphics enhancements, but not all devices can support ray tracing. It aims to offer the smoothest Minecraft experience possible on all devices by taking advantage of different hardware.
There is a new "ray lighting" option, in which all lighting is based on light sources projecting rays. This allows blocks to cast realistic-looking shadows.
|June 20, 2019||An image of RenderDragon v0.0.2 is released by Helen Zbihlyj on Twitter.|
|1.13.0||beta 126.96.36.199||The Xbox One port now uses RenderDragon.|
|1.14.0||The PlayStation 4 port now uses RenderDragon.|
|Upcoming Bedrock Edition|
|RTX Beta||beta 188.8.131.52||The Windows 10 port now uses RenderDragon and supports ray tracing.|
|beta 184.108.40.206||Fixed several bugs related to RenderDragon and RTX.|
|1.16.100||beta 220.127.116.11||Windows 10 now uses RenderDragon outside RTX Beta.|
- RenderDragon was designed to be usable in Java Edition. However, it is currently not used in that edition.
An image of RenderDragon v0.0.2 released on Twitter by Helen Zbihlyj.
- "Someone doesn't watch our official livestreams! 😄 It's ok, I forgive you. 😉 We're still working on RenderDragon, the new graphics engine for Bedrock that also drives Minecraft Earth. Check the pic if you want proof that RenderDragon is still in development." – @helenangel, June 20, 2019
- "Render dragon and NVIDIA ray tracing" by Staff. Minecraft.net, August 19, 2019
- "What's New: Moar Beeeezzz! - Sept 12, 2019"
- "Minecraft for PlayStation TM 4 FAQ" – Minecraft Help Center, December 13, 2019.
- Minecraft NVIDIA RTX FAQ
- "Only if the Java team implements RenderDragon. RenderDragon was designed as such that it could be used in the Java codebase as well just in case the Java team wanted to use it." – @helenangel, August 23, 2019