Minecraft Preview 1.18.30.20 | RTX support for iOS?

Hey everyone!

For any Minecrafters out there, you may know that Mojang Studios recently shipped out a new Minecraft Bedrock Preview (preview is the future replacement of the beta), and it contained a lot of new changes and stuff in preperation for 1.19 and the Warden.

However, I found one thing in perticular that I found very interesting that I never thought would happen.

As a Minecraft: Bedrock Edition player who mainly plays on an iPad Pro, I found this perticular statement interesting;

Screenshot 2022-03-05 7.03.53 PM

Now, let me explain what the RenderDragon is before we continue.

The RenderDragon is a rendering engine used in Bedrock Edition that runs on DirectX and OpenGL ES. In Bedrock Edition, it is currently available on Windows 10, Windows 11, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and iOS/Android‌ [upcoming BE 1.18.30]. It will be included on all platform eventually.

(Source: Minecraft Fandom Wiki)


So, this is really surprising to me because … according to my knowledge, iPadOS/iOS only uses OpenGL ES and I’ve never seen Apple devices run Ray Tracing (RTX).

Of course, because they mentioned this, I’m super excited to see what the full release of 1.19 will bring, hopefully including the support for this feature.

But, at the same time, I’m really confused; how can an iPhone or an iPad run Minecraft with Ray Tracing graphics? How will this feature even be implemented without causing severe lag or crashes?

Let me know if you have any comments, or anything that may clear my mind on this.

@RealOH20

Is this even possible to use RTX smoothly without a graphics card?

I’m not really sure … my iPad Pro uses the A12Z bionic chip. It has an 8-core GPU. It may be able to run some decent ray tracing features, but I don’t think it can go too extreme.

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Interesting, I would like to see how this pans out.

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Yeah, currently it seems like they will be keeping the RenderDragon on iOS/Android, since they haven’t yet stated in any recent changelogs that they’ve disabled it.

I’ll probably bookmark this topic too, just for reference :wink:

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Agreed.

This announcement came and went.

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