OctaneRender 2022.1 review: a confusing release schedule, but faster than ever

Lacks some promised features, but OctaneRender 2022.1 is a fast and stable real-time renderer.

OctaneRender 2022 review; a colourful forest scene rendered in OctaneRender
(Image: © Samuel Hipponen)

Our Verdict

OctaneRender 2022.1 contains several useful new features that impress but it's disappointing the Brigade kernel and new multi-render system have been delayed. This is a solid release, I just wish the developer's roadmap predictions would be more accurate.

For

  • Standardised caustics and materials solutions
  • Quick and responsive
  • Nice mid-range price

Against

  • User interface could be more intuitive
  • Unstable at times

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Here it is, OctaneRender 2022.1. Before I get into the meat of this latest software update, is anyone else confused by OTOY’s release numbering system? I’m sure someone understands it, so I’ll happily be educated with explanations on a postcard.

However, I can confidently say, at time of writing, that we’re now at OctaneRender 2022.1, the first stable version as part of the developer's 2022 releases. In the year prior to this release, OTOY has been open about its roadmap and plans for new features and improvements. The upside is that users can see what is likely coming in the future. The downside is that if it doesn’t deliver, it leaves artists underwhelmed and at risk of disappointment. OTOY has a habit of being overly ambitious and this appears true again. 

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

OctaneRender 2022.1

OctaneRender 2022.1 contains several useful new features that impress but it's disappointing the Brigade kernel and new multi-render system have been delayed. This is a solid release, I just wish the developer's roadmap predictions would be more accurate.

Paul Hatton
Writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine. 

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