How can I view more than 35 avatars at once?

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For performance reasons, the Second Life® viewer only allows you to see up to 35 avatars at one time; if you are in an area with more than 35 other avatars, you may notice that some of them fade in and out of visibility as you move your camera. By rendering only the avatars closest to your camera, the Second Life viewer can provide you with a much smoother experience.

However, we understand that there may be times when you absolutely need to see all the avatars in an area; it wouldn't be very fun to go to a live music or theatre event and not see the performers! Luckily, there is a way to change the maximum number of avatars you can see at once:

KBwarning.png Warning: Follow the instructions in this article at your own risk; changing debug settings in the Second Life viewer can have unexpected negative effects. You should always keep a log of which debug settings you change, so that you can restore their defaults if you notice a decrease in performance or usability. Our support team may not be able to provide help if you experience problems as a result of a debug setting change.

How to increase the maximum number of avatars you can see

Set the debug setting RenderAvatarMaxVisible to the number of avatars you want to be able to see.

KBcaution.png Important: Forcing the Second Life viewer to render a very large number of avatars can have a negative impact on the performance of the viewer. You should only increase this number if you absolutely need to view more than 35 avatars at once!