ECS: Reactive components

Please note that reactive components will be removed in a future release. We recommend that you do not use them.

Please also note that the FPS and Blank starter projects disable this functionality by default, as reactive components have a significant overhead and noticeable performance degradation over time.

You can enable reactive components and their related systems by adding USE_LEGACY_REACTIVE_COMPONENTS to your Scripting Define Symbols.

When the GDK receives an update or message from SpatialOS, a reactive component is placed on the associated ECS entity at the start of the frame. A reactive component contains a list of all the updates or messages received, so they can be processed by any system that you want to react to the change or message.

Reactive components are removed by the GDK at the end of each frame, as they are implemented as a temporary component.

Reactive component types

These are the types of reactive component available:

  • AuthorityChanges: All updates to the authority the current worker instance has over a SpatialOS component.
  • ReceivedUpdates: All received SpatialOS component updates for the current SpatialOS entity.
  • ReceivedEvents: All received events for the current entity.
  • CommandRequests: All received command requests.
  • CommandResponses: All received command responses.
  • ComponentAdded<T>: Denotes that a SpatialOS component of type T has been added to this entity.
  • ComponentRemoved<T>: Denotes that a SpatialOS component of type T has been removed to this entity.

Example of a system using a reactive component

The following snippet shows how to retrieve and iterate through all the PlayerCollided events received in a frame. You can iterate through the matching components using the ECS .ForEach syntax.

public class ReactiveSystem : ComponentSystem
    private EntityQuery query;

    protected override void OnCreate()

        query = GetEntityQuery(

    protected override void OnUpdate()
            (ref Collisions.ReceivedEvents.PlayerCollided playerCollisionEvents) =>
                foreach (var playerCollision in playerCollisionEvents.Events)
                    // Do something

Removal of reactive components

The GDK automatically removes reactive components from the ECS entity as soon as the CleanReactiveComponentsSystem is run at the end of each frame. This means that you must run any logic for processing that reactive component before CleanReactiveComponentsSystem.

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