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Introduction to render pipelines

Render pipelines

A render pipeline performs a series of operations that take the contents of a sceneA Scene contains the environments and menus of your game. Think of each unique Scene file as a unique level. In each Scene, you place your environments, obstacles, and decorations, essentially designing and building your game in pieces. More info
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, and displays them on a screen.

In Unity, you can choose between different render pipelines. Unity provides three prebuilt render pipelines with different capabilities and performance characteristics, or you can create your own.

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Render pipelines introduction Understand render pipelines, rendering pathsThe technique that a render pipeline uses to render graphics. Choosing a different rendering path affects how lighting and shading are calculated. Some rendering paths are more suited to different platforms and hardware than others. More info
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, and tile and cluster rendering in Unity.
Choose a render pipeline Compare the different render pipelines in Unity, to help you choose the right one for your project.
Render pipeline feature comparison A comparison of the different render pipelines and the features they support.
Using the Built-In Render Pipeline Use the default render pipeline, a general purpose render pipeline with limited options for customization.
Using the Universal Render Pipeline (URP) Use URP, a Scriptable Render Pipeline (SRP) that lets you create scalable graphics across a wide range of platforms.
Using the High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP) Use HDRP, a Scriptable Render Pipeline that lets you create cutting-edge, high-fidelity graphics on high-end platforms.
Scriptable Render Pipeline (SRP) fundamentals Understand SRPs in Unity.
Creating a custom render pipeline Understand how SRPs work, create your own custom SRP, or create a custom version of URP or HDRP.
How to get, set, and configure the active render pipeline Determine the active render pipeline, and switch between render pipelines.

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Introduction to render pipelines