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Version: 31 Aug 2023

Remote Rendering with Unreal Engine 5

Performance and Gotchas

Performance for Remote Rendering is highly-dependent on the capabilities of the host machine that is running Unreal Engine. Noticeable lag may be a result of insufficient processing or GPU power.

In the future, an official plugin will provide more accurate mappings for Controller input.


Remote Rendering Setup Instructions with the Remote Rendering Service.


  1. Create a "New Project" with the Virtual Reality Template
Project Browser

It is recommended to start the Remote Rendering service ahead of time. But, if it’s not running yet, the Remote Rendering service will be started automatically.

  1. Enable OpenXR

If you’re using the Virtual Reality template in Step 1, this step will not be necessary. When not using VR template, make sure to go through those setting before proceeding.

  • Make sure the OpenXR plugin is installed in Edit -> Plugins
OpenXR Plugins Menu
  • Make sure Start in VR is enabled in Edit -> Project Settings
Project Settings VR
  1. Set the RHI to Vulkan

Under Edit -> Project Settings:

  • Under Platforms in the left sidebar, select Windows
  • Under Targeted RHIs, select Vulkan as the Default RHI
Project Settings Platform Windows RHI
  1. Click Restart Now

Vulkan is the main supported graphics API for Magic Remote Rendering. Support for DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 are considered as experimental.

Alpha Channel in Unreal Engine 5

Magic Leap's Remote Rendering now supports alpha channels, which provides the user with segmented dimming and higher quality capture.

In order to take advantage of this feature in Unreal Engine OpenXR applications, you must first enable and control the output of the alpha channel.

First, you must prepare the application by allowing the engine to output alpha for postprocessing in the first place.

Go to Project Settings -> Rendering -> Postprocessing and set Enable alpha channel support in post processing to Allow through tonemapper.

Enable Alpha Channel in Post-Processing

The alpha channel as exposed by Unreal Engine will not be enough for alpha blend layers in OpenXR, this is entirely due to the fact that the alpha output is inverted.

In order to correct this you will have to create a post-processing material that inverts the value of the alpha channel before it's submitted to the Remote Rendering service.

Go to Window and enable the Content Browser. From the Content Browser, add a new material in the desired directory.

Content Browser New Material

The newly-created material must first be set up as a post-processing material with alpha support.

In the Content Browser, open the Material Editor by right-clicking on the material and selecting Edit.

Select the material in the Material Graph and under Material category set Material Domain to Post Process, then under the Post Process Material category enable Output Alpha.

Material Graph Post-Process Material
Material Graph Post-Process Material Output Alpha

Now you may proceed to creating the material, in this example alpha is being inverted directly from the post-processing input.

Add a new SceneTexture node and set Scene Texture Id to PostProcessInput0. This will be the main color input the material that will be worked on.

Material Graph Scene Texture Node

The RGB channels will not be changing at all, so connect SceneTexture.PostProcessInput0:Color output to your material's Emissive Color input.

Add a ComponentMask node and a OneMinus node, then pipeline SceneTexture.PostProcessInput0:Color output through the ComponentMask node (set to Alpha only), then the OneMinus node, and finally into the material's Opacity input.

Material Graph OneMinus

Add a PostProcessVolume actor in your level, enable Infinite Extent (Unbound) under its Post Process Volume Settings properties and add your material to Post Process Materials under Rendering Features.

Level Post-Process Volume
Post-Process Volume Infinite Extent
Level Post-Process Volume 2

VR Preview

Once the editor has been restarted and shader compilation finishes, simply click VR Preview.

VR Preview