Future OpenGL support

At some point in the future, Minecraft will no longer support OpenGL versions older than 2.1.

What is OpenGL?
OpenGL is a programming interface for rendering graphics. You can find out more about OpenGL on the OpenGL website or Wikipedia.​

Why are you removing support for older OpenGL versions?
OpenGL 2.1 was released in 2006; most new games now require OpenGL 3 or higher. Making this change will help increase performance of the game, and supporting versions 2.1 and higher is a requirement for a part of the upcoming Minecraft plugin API.

How can I tell if my version of OpenGL is too old?
If your version of OpenGL is too old, and your Minecraft version is 1.6.4 or later, you'll see the following title screen:

What if I don't upgrade to OpenGL 2.1 or higher?
If you decide not to upgrade, there will eventually be a time where you can't update Minecraft to a newer version. You would still be able to play versions that came before the change.

How can I update to a newer version?
Some computers, such as older laptops and Apple computers, may not be able to upgrade to a newer version. Most desktop PCs can have their graphics cards swapped out for a newer card, with better performance. For information on upgrading your graphics card, contact your local PC hardware specialists.

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