EEVEE’s goal is to be an interactive render engine. Some features may not be there yet or may be impossible to implement into EEVEE’s architecture without compromising performance.

Here is a rather exhaustive list of all the limitations you can expect while working with EEVEE.

Attributes and Properties#

  • Only 14 attributes from Geometry Nodes are supported in a material

  • Only 8 custom object properties are supported in a material


  • Only perspective and orthographic projections are currently supported.


  • Only 128 active lights can be supported by EEVEE in a scene.

  • Only 8 Shadowed sun lights can be supported at the same time.

  • As of now, lights can only have one color and do not support light node trees.

Sondas de luz#

  • EEVEE only supports up to 128 active Reflection Cubemaps.

  • EEVEE only supports up to 64 active Irradiance Volumes.

  • EEVEE only supports up to 16 active Reflection Planes inside the view frustum.

Iluminación indirecta#

  • Volumetrics don’t receive light from Irradiance Volumes but do receive world’s diffuse lighting.

  • EEVEE does not support «specular to diffuse» light bounces nor «specular to specular» light bounces.

  • All specular lighting is turned off during baking.


  • Only 128 active lights can be supported by EEVEE in a scene.

  • Only 8 Shadowed sun lights can be supported at the same time.


  • Only single scattering is supported.

  • Volumetrics are rendered only for the camera «rays». They don’t appear in reflections/refractions and probes.

  • Volumetrics don’t receive light from Irradiance Volumes but do receive diffuse lighting from the world.

  • Volumetric shadowing only work in volumetrics. They won’t cast shadows onto solid objects in the scene.

  • Volumetric shadowing only work for volumes inside the view frustum.

  • Volumetric lighting do not respect the lights shapes. They are treated as point lights.

Profundidad de campo#

  • Alpha blended surfaces cannot be correctly handled by the post-processing blur, but will be correctly handled by the sample-based method. For this, you need to disable the post-process depth of field by setting the Max Size to 0.

Efectos en espacio de pantalla#

EEVEE is not a ray tracing engine and cannot do ray-triangle intersection. Instead of this, EEVEE uses the depth buffer as an approximated scene representation. This reduces the complexity of scene scale effects and enables a higher performance. However, only what is in inside the view can be considered when computing these effects. Also, since it only uses one layer of depth, only the front-most pixel distance is known.

These limitations creates a few problems:

  • The screen space effects disappear when reaching the screen border. This can be partially fixed by using the overscan feature.

  • Screen space effects lack deep information (or the thickness of objects). This is why most effects have a thickness parameter to control how to consider potential intersected pixels.

  • Blended surfaces are not considered by these effects. They are not part of the depth prepass and do not appear in the depth buffer.

  • Objects that a part of Holdout Collections will not be rendered with screen space effects.

Oclusión ambiental#

  • Objects are treated as infinitely thick, producing overshadowing if the Distance is really large.

Reflexión en espacio de pantalla#

  • Only one glossy BSDF can emit screen space reflections.

  • The evaluated BSDF is currently arbitrarily chosen.

  • Screen Space Reflections will reflect transparent objects and objects using Screen Space Refraction but without accurate positioning due to the one layer depth buffer.

Refracción en espacio de pantalla#

  • Only one refraction event is correctly modeled.

  • Only opaque and alpha hashed materials can be refracted.

Transluminiscencia (SSS)#

  • Sólo un BSSRDF podrá producir transluminiscencia en espacio de pantalla.

  • Actualmente, el BSSRDF a ser evaluado será escogido de manera aleatoria.

  • A maximum of 254 different surfaces can use subsurface scattering.

  • Only scaling is adjustable per pixel. Individual RGB radii are adjustable in the socket default value.

  • Input radiance from each surfaces are not isolated during the blurring, leading to light leaking from surface to surface.

Desenfoque por movimiento#

Motion Blur is only available in final renders and is not shown in the 3D Viewport and thus Viewport Renders.



Refraction is faked by sampling the same reflection probe used by the Glossy BSDFs, but using the refracted view direction instead of the reflected view direction. Only the first refraction event is modeled correctly. An approximation of the second refraction event can be used for relatively thin objects using Refraction Depth. Using Screen Space refraction will refract what is visible inside the view, and use the nearest probe if there is no hit.

Las reflexiones en espacio de la pantalla y la oclusión ambiental no son compatibles con la refracción en espacio de pantalla; serán desactivadas en las superficies que las usen. Las superficies que usen refracción en espacio de la pantalla no aparecerán las reflexiones en espacio de la pantalla en el lugar correcto. Las superficies que usen refracción en espacio de la pantalla no proyectarán oclusión ambiental sobre otras superficies.


Object volume shaders will affect the whole bounding box of the object. The shape of the volume must be adjusted using procedural texturing inside the shader.

Nodos de sombreado#

  • All BSDF’s are using approximations to achieve realtime performance so there will always be small differences between Cycles and EEVEE.

  • Some utility nodes are not yet compatible with EEVEE.

Ver también

For a full list of unsupported nodes see Nodes Support.

Administración de memoria#

In EEVEE, GPU Memory management is done by the GPU driver. In theory, only the needed textures and meshes (now referred as «the resources») for a single draw call (i.e. one object) needs to fit into the GPU memory.

So if the scene is really heavy, the driver will swap things in and out to make sure all objects are rendered correctly.

In practice, using too much GPU memory can make the GPU driver crash, freeze, or kill the application. So be careful of what you ask.

There is no standard way of estimating if the resources will fit into the GPU memory and/or if the GPU will render them successfully.

Procesamiento por CPU#

Being a rasterization engine, EEVEE only uses the power of the GPU to render. There is no plan to support CPU (software) rendering as it would be very inefficient. CPU power is still needed to handle high scene complexity as the geometry must be prepared by the CPU before rendering each frame.

Soporte para múltiples GPU#

There is currently no support for multiple GPU systems.

Procesamiento sin interfaz#

There is currently no support for using EEVEE on headless systems (i.e. without a Display Manager).