What's new in URP 10
This page contains an overview of new features, major improvements, and issues resolved in URP versions 10.0 and 10.1.
For a complete list of changes made in URP 10.1, refer to the Changelog.
This section contains the overview of the new features in this release.
Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO)
The Ambient Occlusion effect darkens creases, holes, intersections and surfaces that are close to each other. In the real world, such areas tend to block out or occlude ambient light, so they appear darker.
URP implements the real-time Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) effect as a Renderer Feature.
Scene showing the Ambient Occlusion effect turned On and Off.
For more information on the Ambient Occlusion effect, see the page Ambient Occlusion.
The Clear Coat feature adds an extra Material layer which simulates a transparent and thin coating on top of the base Material. The feature is available in the Complex Lit shader.
Clear Coat effect (Left: Off, Right: On)
Camera Normals Texture
URP 10.0 implements the
DepthNormals Pass block that generates the normal texture
_CameraNormalsTexture for the current frame.
URP creates a
_CameraNormalsTexture if at least one render Pass requires it. To ensure that the URP Renderer creates the
_CameraNormalsTexture texture, add a call to the ConfigureInput method in
Detail Map, Detail Normal Map
A Detail map lets you overlay another texture on top of the Base Map. A Detail Normal Map is a special texture that lets you add surface detail such as bumps, grooves, and scratches which catch the light as if they exist in the mesh geometry.
Left: rendered object only with the Base Map. Right: rendered object with the Detail Map.
Shadow Distance Fade
With Shadow Distance Fade, shadows fade smoothly when they reach the maximum shadow rendering distance (Shadows > Max Distance in the render pipeline asset).
Illustration showing the Shadow Distance Fade effect (right).
With shadow cascades, you can avoid crude shadows close to the Camera and keep the Shadow Resolution reasonably low. For more information, see the page Shadow Cascades.
URP supports 1–4 shadow cascades now, and also supports two working units, percent and meters.
The Shadows section in the Universal Render Pipeline asset.
URP 10.1 supports the Shadowmask Lighting Mode. Shadowmask Lighting Mode combines real-time direct lighting with baked indirect lighting. For more information, see the page Lighting Mode: Shadowmask.
|Lighting Mode: Subtractive. Shadows within the Maximum Shadow Distance have lower quality.||Shadows only from real-time lights. Shadows further than the Maximum Distance are missing.||Lighting Mode: Shadowmask.|
This section contains the overview of the major improvements in this release.
Shaded Wireframe scene view mode works in URP now. Shaded Wireframe helps you check and validate scene geometry, for example, when checking geometry density to select a proper LOD level.
Shaded Wireframe scene view.
Improved shader stripping
URP 10 fixes a few issues in the C# shader preprocessor. The fixes improve the speed of shader stripping. The pipeline now compiles different sets of vertex and fragment shaders for the platforms that support it. This improvement lets the pipeline strip vertex shader variants more efficiently. The improvement significantly reduces the number of post-processing shader variants, since most of the variants are in fragment shaders only.
Reduced number of global shader keywords
Shaders included in the URP package now use local Material keywords instead of global keywords. This increases the amount of available global user-defined Material keywords.
GPU instanced mesh particles
GPU instanced mesh particles provide a significant performance improvement compared with CPU rendering. This feature lets you configure your particle systems to render Mesh particles.
For information on issues resolved in URP 10, see the Changelog.
For information on the known issues in URP 10, see the section Known issues.