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Minetest 5.7.0 out now with graphics improvements, performance upgrades

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Free and open source voxel sandbox game engine Minetest, largely known for comparisons to Minecraft, has a big update out in version 5.7.0. Sounds like a really great release too with plenty of new features and upgrades to the engine.

There's some new graphical features that have been added with post-processing implemented, like bloom and dynamic exposure. The developers said they do plan to add more effects in future like depth-of-field, volumetric lighting and others. Mods and Games will have full control over it all too.

A big performance win is the changes to make better use of your GPU, which they said gives "vastly improved performance on modern hardware at 500+ view ranges". As an example of it they showed a screenshot of it running on Steam Deck with a 600 view range that gives 53FPS whereas before the optimisation it would get 10FPS.

There's also been other optimizations done too like the occlusion culling, for not rendering areas that cannot be seen and some more multi-threading has been added too. A nice adjustment for modding is that worlds won't load if a mod doesn't have all of its other content dependencies, instead of just loading with them disabled causing confusion and other problems.

See more in the release blog post.

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3 comments

Tchey Apr 11, 2023
It’s nice this game exists i guess, but it’s trying too much to be a "open Minecraft", IMO.

I much prefer Vintage Story approach, being a deep unique game by itself, with only some distant links to it’s cousin.


Last edited by Tchey on 11 April 2023 at 3:55 pm UTC
Julius Apr 11, 2023
Quoting: TcheyIt’s nice this game exists i guess, but it’s trying too much to be a "open Minecraft", IMO.

I much prefer Vintage Story approach, being a deep unique game by itself, with only some distant links to it’s cousin.

Actually Minetest is just a game engine. One of many mods for it is indeed a Minecraft clone (aptly called "Mineclone2") but most are not. You can browser the many available extensions and games for Minetest here: https://content.minetest.net/
Avehicle7887 Apr 11, 2023
Today I tried it in multiplayer for the first time ever. The content I found on one of the servers was overwhelming.

The community was really nice too. I know what I'll be playing tomorrow
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