Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pixel Shader 1.3 support.

This is something I've been meaning to write for a long time, but never got around to it. The lay off is hitting me rather hard and I no longer have the net at my house. This is bad, but not enough to stop me completely.

So, what about pixel shader support? Well, Cxbx has gone too long without it for starters. Second, i didn't write it. This the work of kingofc! "What? Kingofc is back?". I wish... but defiance managed to get ahold of him and passed on his work to us. I thought it would never happen, but it did!

"So, how does it work? Can I play game X now?". No. It just another improvement gfx wise. It's not perfect and causes more crashes on certain instances. Since I'm runnin XP, the exception handler doesn't always report crashes properly (just exits). So until I can install Win7 on this laptop (painfully hard!) that won't work properly.

Since I'm on my iPhone, I don't have much time to post, but I want to leave you with one more thing. It turns out that Cxbx does run better on Vista than on XP. I haven't had the liberty of trying Win7 because i can't get the stupid thing to install (stupid ACPI bios thing). Example: Azurik absolutely refuses tonrun on XP and so far only works on Vista. I hate Vista.

So here's a small update for you. Hoping to have more soon.



  1. So, when is this code hitting sourceforge? ;-)

  2. I'm sure CXBX should run just as well on Windows 7 as it does on Windows Vista. The two operating systems are very similar at the core. But anyways, glad to hear you're still making progress. I think it might be a good idea at this point to perhaps release the full source code (make cxbx open source). It will allow many people to contribute features to cxbx much like how Dolphin Wii Emulator is being developed. But anyways, keep up the good work!

  3. Cxbx is open source...
    Sources can be found on

  4. Thanks for the update, best of luck getting a new job.

  5. Thanks Blue. If you post a donation link I will put a few bucks for you.

  6. I Have Pixel Shader 4.0 on my PC :P

  7. great to know theres people working towards xbox emulation, speaking as someone with no knowledge of how to do so myself.

    will be keeping an eye on the blog!

  8. I wonder, is the Cxbx work will have impact on the xbox360 ? i mean does the xbox360 have a similarity so this emulator can be a start of something more updated ?

  9. @Shai: No. The Xbox and the Xbox360 are completely different from each other.
    Also, of all the console franchises, Microsoft's one is the one hackers are least interested with. That's probably because some of its major titles were also released on the PC. Anyway, it'll take a long time until someone will try to emulate the 360, and it's already a chore trying to figure out the original Xbox. Try focusing on that one instead.