Huge visibility range

The new engine has one great advantage over the old one. It can run in a 64 bit process. It is not bound by 2GB memory limit that each 32 bit process has.

Lack of virtual address space was the factor limiting visibility range in previous versions. In the new one, I can enable truly monstrous visibility ranges.

This is not for the phones of course, which run 32 bit hardware anyway. Plus their GPUs would totally choke even if they had the memory to run it. It’s just for my test desktop version.

1024visrange

1024 blocks visibility range in Survivalcraft (click to enlarge)

I am quite proud of what Survivalcraft engine can do. At 1024 blocks I am still frame locked at 60 FPS! Although this is on nVidia 970 GTX, which is a poweful GPU.

There is an insane amount of geometry out there. 512,000,000 blocks in total, although most of them underground or behind, and thus invisible.

To compare, the biggest visibility range setting Minecraft has is 32 chunks (each chunk is 16 blocks), so 512 blocks. And it is completely unplayable, even on my powerful PC. Although Minecraft was never optimized for the phones, so it can be forgiven that it is slow.

If you look closely you can just spot the ship, miles away on the right :-)

I think with the default visibility range (128) you would not see a single block from this high vantage point of view (150 blocks)

Two more screenshots:

1024vis2

 1024vis3

97 Comments

  1. Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:16 | Permalink | Reply

    Ahh yes

    • FutureUSMarine
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:19 | Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for not saying “first” 👍

      • Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:21 | Permalink | Reply

        No problem

      • Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:23 | Permalink | Reply

        Why does it matter, saying ahh yes isn’t any smarter than saying first

      • Posted March 30, 2015 at 19:00 | Permalink | Reply

        Yeah. On my website’s forums, I have it setup so if anyone just comments ‘first’ they are automatically suspended for a week, and then they are restricted to only commenting on posts that already have 5 or more comments. Ninety nine percent of the time those ‘first’ people are just annoying to me, but I have found on this site there appears to be a little competition between a few select commenters and I actually find it kind of amusing to see which one gets to it first. Lol.

        • MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
          Posted March 30, 2015 at 21:13 | Permalink

          me too!

        • Posted March 31, 2015 at 06:08 | Permalink

          If have only been first once, and for my first time I thought I should call it! Lol

  2. FutureUSMarine
    Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:22 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus, can you please increase the height at which you can fly/build? Sometimes when I finish my creations I like to fly high and look at them and then I die because the “flight ceiling” is so low

    • Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:31 | Permalink | Reply

      I think he did. (correct me if I’m wrong) but he said “you would not see a single block from this high vantage point of view (150 blocks)” So I guess that means we can now fly above 64 blocks in the air (Flight Ceiling) maybe up to 150 blocks in the air! If I’m not wrong about what he meant in his post, this will be an amazing addition to survivalcraft!
      Thanks Kaalus!

      • Posted March 31, 2015 at 08:58 | Permalink | Reply

        You can already go up to altitude 148, so it doesn’t mean anything :)
        But he has increased it now!
        Build altitude limit: 128

  3. Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:23 | Permalink | Reply

    Cool, I can already run 160, I can’t wait for more range

  4. MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
    Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:25 | Permalink | Reply

    4th!

    • MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:26 | Permalink | Reply

      Amazing!

  5. MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
    Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:26 | Permalink | Reply

    The day awaits!!!!

  6. Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:29 | Permalink | Reply

    CAN YOU PLEASE SUBMIT IT TO ANDROID/amazon ALREADY

    • MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:46 | Permalink | Reply

      You have to wait! where is the patience of this generation? GOSH!

      • FutureUSMarine
        Posted March 30, 2015 at 21:17 | Permalink | Reply

        You are going to have to get used to it, this generation lacks a lot of qualities previous generations had.

        • DrSmCraft
          Posted March 30, 2015 at 21:35 | Permalink

          Patience is a virtue.

        • MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
          Posted March 30, 2015 at 21:58 | Permalink

          You bet. :)

        • Posted March 31, 2015 at 19:33 | Permalink

          That is funny. Trust me, this generation isn’t so different than the previous generations in quality. The only thing changed is technology including social media, the Internet, smartphones etc and the change of music. But then of course never equate only impatient person for the entirety of our generation. We just have access to more information and have more ways to express ourselves creatively and emotionally in letting out our feelings and frustrations. Our parents weren’t saints nor were our grandparents. Same people different generations.

        • Posted March 31, 2015 at 19:33 | Permalink

          One the only

        • Posted March 31, 2015 at 19:34 | Permalink

          Which I mean one not only. God my phones autocorrect is horrible lol

        • Luke18033
          Posted April 5, 2015 at 15:10 | Permalink

          Then turn it off!

  7. Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:34 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus, have you considered making a ship like the one that you spawn from craftable, so that we don’t have to use a dinky rowboat for expeditions to islands? I think it would be an awesome addition to the game.

  8. minerqueen
    Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:41 | Permalink | Reply

    This is beautiful. I love the water.

  9. Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:45 | Permalink | Reply

    You obviously haven’t played Minecraft on the phone lately. They had a HUGE leap in performance and render distance/detail last fall before the sale to Microsoft. So good, in fact, that they rewrote the desktop version to include that optimizing for 1.8.

    Does this mean you are going to finally release SC for PC?

    • MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:48 | Permalink | Reply

      no PC. and second Minecraft on the phone is crushed. You can’t get this range from MC! SO FORGET ABOUT MC…

      They haven’t came out with an update for months. So face it Microsoft killed your game!

      WATCH AS SC TAKES OVER MC!!!!!!!

    • minerqueen
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:51 | Permalink | Reply

      Why do we care about MC? SC is a completely different game. I play MC, but I don’t compare it to SC. It would fall flat on its face if I did.

    • Posted March 31, 2015 at 19:35 | Permalink | Reply

      I also have PE and let me tell you the farthest view point comes nowhere near Survivalcrafts.

      • Posted April 1, 2015 at 17:43 | Permalink | Reply

        Apparently it’s 400 blocks… I call some real BS

  10. Posted March 30, 2015 at 18:55 | Permalink | Reply

    Mog! Yes! Yes! Yes!

  11. Posted March 30, 2015 at 19:47 | Permalink | Reply

    Kinda looks like there’s an algae bloom in the ocean X-D

    This visibility is just…incredible!

  12. Posted March 30, 2015 at 20:02 | Permalink | Reply

    Cool so this means the game is finally coming to PC!!! Maybe you can make it a Windows Universal App! And also if you do please keep the worlds compatible eg…Windows 8.1 with Android..

    • MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 21:03 | Permalink | Reply

      no it is not. he said nothing.

  13. Posted March 30, 2015 at 20:14 | Permalink | Reply

    I think he should add weather affects such as tornados and hurricanes that demolish things in their path except for harder blocks. And maybe trees with larger trunks and then some that have fallen over? And logs should be able to be put sideways too. And have trees fall over when you cut to low

  14. jonathanfelix123
    Posted March 30, 2015 at 20:20 | Permalink | Reply

    I always see the ship going through things. :lol:

  15. jonathanfelix123
    Posted March 30, 2015 at 20:22 | Permalink | Reply

    Wow Kaalus, the stats at the bottom truly show how fast Survivalcraft is growing!

  16. Posted March 30, 2015 at 20:26 | Permalink | Reply

    WOW ! impressive…

    Kaalus can u show us how water look with reflections enabled?
    u said in video that its not look right in this type of game… but:

    its look amazing for me, can u make water like this?
    u should really add some “modern effects” in survivalcraft, like bloom, lens flares, hdr, bump mapping etc…. any chance that we will see something like this in future?
    i think highend phonescan run this kind of graphics, but maybe im wrong ^^

    sorry 4 my english

    and great work as always, love u daily comments :)
    dont stop!

  17. Posted March 30, 2015 at 20:44 | Permalink | Reply

    MTB Adventures is a 12 year old with no life who spams this blog with useless posts with the number of his comment ban him already

    • MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 21:04 | Permalink | Reply

      what the crap? what did i do? ummmmm someone help me out here?

      • MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
        Posted March 30, 2015 at 21:12 | Permalink | Reply

        um er….. im trying to be nice here, but come on, you come here to bash me around i won’t stand it. and android fan? what a stupid name. for crying out loud.

    • minerqueen
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 21:36 | Permalink | Reply

      Android Fan, I don’t know what MTB Adventures did to you, but I don’t think that was necessary. MTB, you didn’t need to make fun of his name.

      # peacemaker

      • MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
        Posted March 30, 2015 at 21:57 | Permalink | Reply

        thank you. but really? why? do you think Being an andriod fan is a sign if a victorious life? i will stop now. :)

        thanks Minerqueen!

        • Posted March 31, 2015 at 14:35 | Permalink

          I saw him spam in 10 posts useless comments like 1st in other places he would be ip banned already (facepalm)

          Oh look his friends are defending him now im out of here i got better things to do in life than give attention to immature kids on the internet

          Btw Android Fan sounds like a better name than MTB Adventures?
          Oh well each person got his own taste

        • MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
          Posted March 31, 2015 at 14:37 | Permalink

          oh well go back to playing video games for a living.

    • Posted March 30, 2015 at 22:18 | Permalink | Reply

      Bruh you cant go randomly saying poop about others plus what has he ever done to you I am on this forum too every day checking for updates man so don’t be a little turf bicker towards others.

      • MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
        Posted March 30, 2015 at 23:41 | Permalink | Reply

        HUH?

        • Posted March 31, 2015 at 01:00 | Permalink

          Turf Bicker = Person who randomly bickers about some ones personality or life
          Bickers = A lot of rude chatting
          Btw Turf Bicker is not a real word but it feels like one

        • Posted March 31, 2015 at 09:04 | Permalink

          Mtb just sharing his feels
          Ban yourself androidfan

  18. chrisitdeveloper
    Posted March 30, 2015 at 21:23 | Permalink | Reply

    Awesome job mate!!… So are you going to create a Hololens version of SC? 😊

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aThCr0PsyuA

  19. DrSmCraft
    Posted March 30, 2015 at 21:39 | Permalink | Reply

    Does this suggest that there will be a PC version of SC? That would be so cool!!!

    • FutureUSMarine
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 21:48 | Permalink | Reply

      Probably not in the near future, if at all

  20. Posted March 30, 2015 at 22:22 | Permalink | Reply

    Am I the only one who works mountains were larger and closer to real life size, because these are hills.

    • FutureUSMarine
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 22:53 | Permalink | Reply

      You are not the only one, I wish the mountains were large with over-hangs and waterfalls. The mountains we have currently need improvement.

  21. Posted March 30, 2015 at 22:23 | Permalink | Reply

    I have a really good feature you can add Kaalus. What if you can place down certain eggs and other predators can eat those eggs if left unprotected by others birds and also if it’s a cold climate the eggs won’t hatch and they rot out Plus you should also make birds nest that contain these eggs and if they fall 2-10 Blocks off the ground they shatter or break with particle effects. If any one wants to add to this suggestion they can.

  22. Posted March 30, 2015 at 22:26 | Permalink | Reply

    Also has any one with Amazon or IOS got the update yet Cuz I don’t have it yet

    • Posted March 30, 2015 at 22:27 | Permalink | Reply

      Btw you can see the ship in the first and last picture off to the side.

    • FutureUSMarine
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 22:55 | Permalink | Reply

      No, Kaalus will make a post saying he released the update to all other platforms. Until that post arrives, we have to wait.

  23. Posted March 30, 2015 at 22:45 | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks for pc MR KAALUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • FutureUSMarine
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 22:56 | Permalink | Reply

      It’s not coming to PC, he was simply pointing out the capabilities of the new engine on his PC, which he uses to design the game.

    • minerqueen
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 23:02 | Permalink | Reply

      Okay, I’m just curious, but are you trying to make a point with “Mr”? ( :

  24. patchyclaw
    Posted March 30, 2015 at 23:41 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey umm, kaalus? The cannons don’t work anymore. At least, not very well, small powder keg does nothing, medium does a little, large is too much and the blast escapes from the cannon.

  25. MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
    Posted March 30, 2015 at 23:47 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus put a new video:

  26. Posted March 30, 2015 at 23:55 | Permalink | Reply

    Good, but I like the missing better.

  27. Posted March 31, 2015 at 00:41 | Permalink | Reply

    I am dreaming about in a couple of years when I can play on this visibility range on an iPad air 4 :)

  28. Posted March 31, 2015 at 01:07 | Permalink | Reply

    pleas give us the pc version!!

  29. Drue Thorgersen
    Posted March 31, 2015 at 02:39 | Permalink | Reply

    IOS!! Im so sick of all this android iv been waiting for ever :/ come on when its coming!

  30. Posted March 31, 2015 at 08:35 | Permalink | Reply

    Do phones get 512…?

  31. Posted March 31, 2015 at 14:36 | Permalink | Reply

    I saw him spam in 10 posts useless comments like 1st in other places he would be ip banned already (facepalm)

    Oh look his friends are defending him now im out of here i got better things to do in life than give attention to immature kids on the internet

    Btw Android Fan sounds like a better name than MTB Adventures?
    Oh well each person got his own taste

    • Posted March 31, 2015 at 17:07 | Permalink | Reply

      Just saying, nobody else is complaining but you.
      Say something nice or say nothing at all.

      • MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
        Posted March 31, 2015 at 17:16 | Permalink | Reply

        can it.

        • Posted March 31, 2015 at 18:00 | Permalink

          Nobody?
          You must be blind cause i like reading most comments and i saw people complaiming about spammers posting 1st so im not the only 1

        • MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
          Posted March 31, 2015 at 19:52 | Permalink

          not me! he he…..

  32. Posted March 31, 2015 at 20:39 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus you rock! The screenshots are awesome. :)

  33. Posted March 31, 2015 at 23:40 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey kaalus.can you can you add maps or mini maps pls

  34. Posted April 1, 2015 at 00:15 | Permalink | Reply

    at least you have it in mind kaalus? pc version? wonderful range =o

  35. Posted April 1, 2015 at 17:18 | Permalink | Reply

    Lol playing games for a living xD
    Eh what comeback to expert from a possible troll

    • Posted April 1, 2015 at 17:47 | Permalink | Reply

      Dude, drop your BS

      I don’t even know MTB but just because he’s enthusiastic about Sc doesn’t mean you can just whine…

      • MTB adventures/RCs to the limit
        Posted April 1, 2015 at 18:48 | Permalink | Reply

        you bet. now if you really want to get dirty, just let me know!

  36. Posted April 1, 2015 at 22:41 | Permalink | Reply

    iPhone is 64 bit… can you have the high visibility range for us iPhone users? Please?

  37. illithid3031
    Posted April 2, 2015 at 21:50 | Permalink | Reply

    Whoa, the 1024 block visibility range picture gives my MAC lag!!!!

  38. Posted July 6, 2017 at 16:35 | Permalink | Reply

    Well the maximum render distance today is 320 blocks but that is insane.

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