Introducing WaveEngine 3.1 based on .NET 5

We are glad to announce that, aligned with Microsoft, we have just released WaveEngine 3.1 with official support for .NET 5 and C# 9. So if you are using C# and .NET 5, you can start creating 3D apps based on .NET 5 today. Download it from the WaveEngine download page right now and start creating 3D apps based on .NET 5 today. We would like to share with you our journey migrating from .NET Core 3.1 to .NET 5, as well as some of the new features made possible with .NET 5.

From .NET Core 3.1 to .NET 5

To make this possible we started working on this one year ago, when we decide to rewrite our low-level graphics abstraction API to support the new Vulkan, DirectX12 and Metal graphics APIs. At that time, it was a project based on .NET Framework with an editor based on GTK# which had problems to support new resolutions, multiscreen or the new DPI standards. At that time, we were following all the great advances in performance that Microsoft was doing in .NET Core and the future framework called .NET 5 and we decided that we had to align our engine with this to take advantage of all the new performance features, so we started writing a new editor based on WPF and .NET Core and changed all our extensions and libraries to .NET Core. This took us one year of hard work but the results comparing our old version 2.5 and the new one 3.1 in terms of performance and memory usage are awesome, around 4-5x faster.

Now we have official support for .NET 5 and this technology is ready for .NET 6 so we are glad to become one of the first engines to support it. This is an overview of what we are building with WaveEngine 3.1 and .NET 5:

image of an overview of what we are building WaveEngine 3.1 with .NET 5.

We are using the .NET 5 stack on all platforms where it is possible, Windows, Linux, MacOS and Web and we use the Mono stack where it is not possible, but we are ready for .NET 6 so that we can finally unify this to use single .NET stack for all our supported platforms. One of the most interesting features that you can see in this diagram is that WaveEngine is easy to integrate with several user interface technologies like WPF, Windows Forms or SDL. If you need to integrate a 3D graphics viewer for data visualization inside new projects with .NET 5 this is a great technology to use.


Another interesting technology in .NET 5 is a new compiler called “dotnet-wasm” with the ability to compile C# code directly to WASM to run in web browsers. Microsoft is pushing this technology as the heart of Blazor and we are able to take advantage of this to run WaveEngine on the web platform using dotnet-wasm, emscripten and WebGL/WebGPU. It is something that we have been dreaming of for years and now it is possible, here you can see it in action with project Paidia:

(The Project Paidia demo is a simple game with a new artificial intelligent model running using ONNX.js and WaveEngine on the browser)

New post processing pipeline

With the new .NET 5 release we will also publish a new tool inside our standalone editor to edit the postprocessing pipeline with a graph editor. We believe this is something new in this area which will allow users to design professional postprocessing pipelines in theirs apps. It looks like this:

image of wave engine post processing pipeline

The new postprocessing pipeline is completely based on Compute Shader where it is possible to apply new techniques such as LDS (Local Data Share) to improve the standard performance based on Pixel shader. Every box in the editor graph is a compute shader with inputs and outputs, the user can write their compute shader in our effects editor or use some of the built-in ones included in the new version.

For our Standard Material the new version comes with a Standard Post-Processing graph that users can edit to adapt to their needs. The standard graph comes with all these techniques: TAA (temporal antialiasing), Bokeh DoF (Depth of Field), SSAO (Screen Space Ambient Occlusion), SSR (Screen Space Reflections), Camera Motion Blur, Bloom, Grain, Vignette, Color Gradient and FXAA.

In this video you can see all these techniques applied at the same time in a demo project:


Start developing 3D apps with .NET 5 and C# 9 right now following these next steps:

  1. Download WaveEngine 3.1
  2. Try the new samples based on .NET 5
  3. Deliver your valuable feedback to us

New OpenGL adapter on Windows

In WaveEngine 2.3.1 we have added a new adapter on Windows for OpenGL, this allows WaveEngine developers to run their games using DirectX and OpenGL on Windows. This will be really handy to adapt their assets (like shaders or textures) faster to our OpenGL platforms (Linux, MacOS, iOS and Android).

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How components resolve their dependencies

In this article we will learn how components resolve their dependencies with other components and how the custom attribute [RequiredComponent] works.

Entity and Components

As you know, an Entity represents a logic element of our game and it is an empty box where you can put component insides which define what the entity can do.

The logic hierarchy is handle by the EntityManager which stores the struct of all the entities in our scene. For example:

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WaveEngine is now totally free on iOS and Android

We started developing WaveEngine more than 4 years ago with the idea to make live easier for game developers in their mission to create games for the current mobile ecosystem (fragmented into many devices, languages, APIs and operating systems) simplifying cross-platform development difficulties.

We love C# and we focus all our efforts in building an easy and fast Framework to create native games and apps on mobile devices using the latest .NET version. To achieve this we used the .NET Framework on Windows Phone and Mono through Xamarin on iOS and Android. Currently WaveEngine supports more than 8 platforms and developers can use our Wave Visual Editor and Visual Studio, Xamarin Studio or Monodevelop on Windows, Linux or MacOS to create games for all supported plataforms.

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Tips to create your custom image-effect in WaveEngine

Image Effects are very often used to enhance the final look of our games, in WaveEngine we have worked to create an Image Effect extension with the common image effects used in games and optimized for mobile devices. So the default values used for each of these effects are tested in iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices, but you can change these to get more quality results if you target other platforms like Windows, MacOS or Linux.

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New Deferred Rendering System on WaveEngine 2.0

For WaveEngine 2.0 we decided to change our render to allow users to have more control on lighting. The big challenge here was how to offer a better lighting system and still support old mobile devices with OpenGL 2.0.

The render system in WaveEngine 1.4.2 is known in computer graphics as Forward Rendering. It is fast, simple but limited since you cannot use for example more than 4 to 8 lights per object (there are some techniques that try to simulate more lights but do not give good quality), and you need to write a large amount of shaders to support some combinations efficiently.

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