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Realms Render Distance [Bedrock]

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    Genosis1979 commented
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    I recently subscribed to the 10 person realm so my wife and our two children old enough to play can all play together cross-platform. After realizing we cannot see each other's houses from a distance, it feels very claustrophobic compared to standard view distances. My PC renders 80 chunks, so the difference is very jarring. I find myself putting the game down more often being frustrated with this limitation, or worse: downloading the realm to play locally when I play by myself, then uploading when my wife or one of the kids load up the Nintendo Switch to log on to the realm so we can play together.

    If it is not feasible to offer higher view distances of a standard realm server, a higher performance server for a premium subscription would be considered. (Don't be greedy here, despite "working as intended", it "feels" broken with the distance being so short.) 

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    Prommy76 commented
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    Its horrible.  As an alternative i have set up an own server, BUT we can't join them with our XBOX ONE!!!!   Please change the view-distance!  we even can't see own buildings completly!!   Minimum chunks should be 22!    Thanks a lot. 

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    kaiserkiwi commented
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    It's so frustrating. On Xbox the Maximum Setting is 22 Chunks (even on One X, but that's another story) but the Reals are just 10 or 12 chunks. If I play my world local I can easily see a whole NPC village out of the window of my house. On a Realm I can't even see the other end of a village, if I stand on one side. This is just hilarious for 4€ a month.

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    Aesyklos9133 commented
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    Exploring The End with the limited render distance is almost impossible. It's like wearing a pumkin!

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    Hokie716 commented
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    I will be canceling my realm until the render distance is a minimum of 40 to 50 chunks. the whole immersions is gone from it being so small.

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    Magefulrage commented
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    I dropped my realm because of this as well. I can play on my Xbox with Max render distance no problem. Not interested in having (1) farms not working if they're not right next to me and (2) transportation systems completely unusable over relatively short distances. Not worth it for me because of this.

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    Warrelium commented
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    My realm is only simulating in a 4 chunk radius and this is really unacceptable for $7 a month. This is the only option I have for an always available server to play with my family that has Nintendo Switches and you need to provide a better service or I will not renew the realms subscription. It takes 1 session for us to out-build the simulation radius on a fresh world.

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    DCDoerek commented
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    It's just sad. Everytime I go back to local Play,I wanna stay there just for the View. but then I remember the other 7 Player on my 10 player realm. 

    Btw. with the 1.10 Update the performance got even worse, on XBOX-ONE X. 

     

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    CtrlAltDic commented
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    I switched to Realms with my kids, and a month or so later, all of our complex farms and transports for items that we have worked on for a year now suddenly stopped working correctly. Hoppers 64 blocks away stopped hopping items (you can see the storage below and can see where the items stop), so all sorters stopped. All farms stopped until we are right on top of them. What is the point of such a complex game if the complexity is removed due to the 4 chunk limitation??? That is WAY to small.... Well,... we all stopped playing since we thought it was bug or update that caused the problem... It was quite the heartache... I didn't want to give up, so today i dug for hours until i realized WHY we are having this issue. I will be canceling my Realms subscription today unfortunately, and will blog about this with the hopes that it helps others understand why their worlds are broken in Realms. If you decide to increase the render distances, please let us know and we will happily resubscribe. Our world is at now risk living on a console with the Live Sync and we almost lost it once already due to sync issues...... ugh. What a letdown.... 

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    Handle987123 commented
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    I think the idea of realms is great. Being able to share your world without having to be on it for them to be on it is great. But the render distance is absolutely frustrating, especially paying for it? Sure i understand if it was free and server loads could be a problem. But if we are paying for it.... it just doesnt make any sense. Mojang and Microsoft are loosing many subs to this simple selfish issue.

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    Jonielle commented
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    I play on Xbox one x and I would love better render distance and such. I wish I could choose in options to exclude low end devices from realms. 

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    Thicc Xanimal commented
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    This is a HUGE issue my friends and I have with realms. We’re totally new to it, just trying it out, and immediately we realized we couldn’t go past 10. This makes exploring downright awful, it feels very enclosed. This needs more votes, it needs way more attention than it’s received.

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    GWelshNinja commented
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    This realms render distance issue is a joke. I'm cancelling until it's at least bumped up to the 22 chunks the vanilla game already permits. Waste of money otherwise.

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    StasonJ commented
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    I agree completely with what you're saying. It's just ridiculous coming from worlds that load much higher in chunks in single player. It's a shame that even paying the monthly fee doesn't give us access to a truly premium experience. I think Mojang and their team really needs to update this and give us more render distance! My worlds looks so beautiful in creative single player, but once I go on the realm, it's extremely confined. Like others have said, it's like wearing a pumpkin on your head. I can't see far at all. I know this could be better, and I hope it does.

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    Just started a test realm yesterday, and was very confused to see mountains that weren't that far away simply dissappeared from sight. Coming from single player worlds, this is just unplayable and completely destroys the experience. I don't know who came up with the idea that it would be acceptable to charge us 7 euros a month for this nonsense, but that person is in dire need of a reality check. 

    I'll obviously not be paying for the subscription after the trial period ends, because it's simply not worth the money. Xbox Live and Playstation Plus cost less than Realms, yet they can't even give us a decent draw distance? Where is all that money going then?

    I'm sorry to say this but Minecraft Realms feels like a scam, and i'm pretty disgusted that they think this is even remotely acceptable.

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    Oobe Banoobe commented
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    Part 2:

    After looking up how to increase the render distance, I found that it was impossible to do so in Realms, which is why I am here now, submitting feedback to fix this issue. Support has come out to say that the render distance is "working as intended" but if that's intended, they are essentially saying they intend for the game to be broken. Per the exploring example above, the low render distance negatively affects gameplay. Players cannot efficiently explore the world without being able to see past a couple hundred blocks. I've read some of the other posts here where the low render distance prevents the game from loading blocks at a certain distance and has broken a players' sorting machine. There are also players that can't even see their friends' houses due to the limitations and quitting realms.

    I am playing on a powerful PC, with the ability to set the render distance up to 80 chunks. Players should be able to control their own render distance depending on the device limitations. A Switch would be less powerful than my PC, so each should have their own control. Similar to playing before realms, I should be able to see at a decent distance in order to play the game as intended, reaching back to 2011, or 2014 when players could see at a decent distance and play the game as intended.

    Continued...

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    Oobe Banoobe commented
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    Part 3:

    Render distance is a pretty substantial part of the Minecraft experience. Going back to 2011 when I was just starting out, you could easily get lost if you couldn't navigate via landmarks in the landscape. Render distance allowed the player to see larger creations, or the "craft" part of Minecraft. As mentioned above, render distance affects exploration in a big way. Before uploading to realms, I was able to seek out villages, but after Realms, could not see these landmarks at the same distance. I had to row out into the ocean to see the first ice island and once I got to that point, I couldn't even see my home island anymore. It's terrible for navigation and a broken mechanic. "Working as intended" is simply broken.

    As a result of this, I am having second thoughts about keeping the Realms service. We will feel out the free trial and go from there. Paying $8 a month for a lesser experience than playing for free doesn't make any sense. The only benefit is the always on mechanic where anyone can get on without the host, but does it make more sense for me to just keep my game running at home if one of my friends wants to play that day?

    Continued...

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    dfaj42 commented
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    This needs to get fixed.  The End is practically useless on Realms because of the limited distance.  Flying with Elytra is essentially impossible because all you see is blackness and it's too easy to lose your bearings.  Either: a) give us this setting even if it costs more or, 2) allow console/mobile players to join my private bedrock server.

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    Epicbuttercat commented
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    if the render distance would increase then realms would be amazing in my and other worlds but now i cannot see stuff that makes my places special from one place or anywhere like it would be there such as in my world it has a lake and not seing the lights across at the other houses is just really sad :c

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    GoGoSago commented
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    I agree fully with this. Me and my friends switched from Java to Bedrock realms. We are generally happy with the switch, but the downgrade in render distance hits hard. I'd gladly pay double or triple for a greater render distance and other world options.

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    Please give players the choice of what they want their render distance to be. Some machines may only be able to handle up to 10, that's fine, they'll stay at 10. But those of us with beefier machines can handle the max so let us use it

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    ztc0611 commented
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    This is the only reason I don't have a bedrock realm. $8 a month for something with a 10 chunk view distance is an absolute travesty. When you're paying $96 a year (maybe even more if you have Xbox Live) to not even get 16 chunks, it's absolutely insane. 32 chunks should be the standard when this version of minecraft can easily pull 64 on many hardware configurations

    None of this would matter if you allowed ip connection on all platforms, but if you are gonna charge us like crazy for easy cross platform play, at least make it worth our while.

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    It's a problem when I'm fighting the ender dragon, trying to shoot the beacons, but the cage around the beacon isn't rendering, leaving me puzzled until I get super close.
    Please fix this :(

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    DaveWhitch commented
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    Please add no fix this. I refuse to believe these low settings are intentional. I mean even at 4 chunks rander distance on the same I can see further than I can when I play the map on a paid server. thats just insanity. Our town feels like Silent Hill. It's The Happenening in there! This also has other side effects like furnaces not burning items unless you are in the same chunk as them. mobs alive in the day time because they spawned at night but didn't burn during the day since no one was close enough to them to cause the chunk to load, etc

    I downloaded the official dedicated bedrock server program to host the world on my spare PC and it runs 100x better. Feels like Minecraft working as intended where the realm just feels broken. I'll have to use it instead but since you can't add a private server by ip on console all our xbox and switch players are locked out so if I want cross play support for a dedicated server I'm forced to pay for a broken version of the server and hinder everyone else experience, which I refuse to do. At 8 bucks a month I dont expect perfect but this is below sub par. Far below, and frankly doesn't deserve my money. Even if it did do one major thing right. Cross play. 

     

    TR:DL - Call me when you up the render distance to at least 8 chunks and I'll gladly pay for this service. Til then you're loosing customers here. A lot of them judging the number of google results I got on this topic

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    Jamberss commented
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    I just got a realm and i already regret it after seeing this render distance. How am I supposed to explore and find ocean monuments etc when i can't even see 100 blocks infront of me!?

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    xWolven Soulx commented
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    Yeah I just started the free trial, and I am not going to be continue it past that trial.  Honestly, I could get past not being able to see farther, but to know that any farms or anything else that I build are not going to function past such a short distance....yeah, sorry...that's ridiculous.

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    Oobe Banoobe commented
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    Part 1:

    I played Minecraft starting around 2011 and went through a lot with this game. I took a long break, but have recently returned to the game with a few friends. Two of my friends have the game on Switch and I have always had it on PC. We started playing where I hosted a world and it was great fun, but my friends couldn't play unless I was online and hosting the game. Due to when I bought Minecraft, I was granted a copy of the Windows 10 edition which is what I've been using in order to play with my friends on the Switch.

    Last night, I started the Realms free trial and was quickly disappointed with the render distance. The world we spawned in was a big ocean world with a bunch of little islands. Before connecting the world to realms, I could see islands in the distance, a large ice biome over the ocean and lots of interesting things underwater. After uploading to the Realm, all I can see is the sun setting underwater. Playing before uploading to realms I had the ability to take a boat to an island I saw in the distance. Upon arriving, I was able to look around and spot a village to the South, along with another village beyond that once arriving. After uploading to Realms, I am unable to see these landmarks from the same distance.

    Continued...

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    Oobe Banoobe commented
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    Part 4:

    As much as I'd like to keep a Realm for that always on mechanic, the render distance is a broken mechanic, not working as intended. No matter how many times you say it's working as intended, I don't believe the low render distance is intended because otherwise the base game would have that same low render distance. If this issue gets resolved, I will consider retaining a subscription to realms, but paying for a lesser experience does not make any sense.

    End (Why did this get put at the top?)

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    xBoNe AU commented
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    Just started a new realm, Was immediately disappointed, render distance is no where near as good as it should be.  Not being able to see the ground from the sky due to render distance being poor is not acceptable.

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    ShagBandito commented
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    August 03, 2018

    Today is August 05, 2019

    This is still an issue.

    We are abandoned