Thursday, July 26, 2007
Generic XNA - SkyBox
So a sky box, having done the Hazy Mind tutorial and had a play with Riemers tutorials I decided to create my own skybox. I like the way both tutorials do there sky box's but I kind of like cube maps, it means I keep 6 textures in one place, have only one texture variable and so makes my life a little easier when passing textures to my skybox. So my version of a skybox uses a box mesh (the same one from Riemers tutorial) but instead of passing a texture to each side of the box or having to pass multiple textures to the mesh I just pass a single cube map. I then wrote a shader to render the cube map on the skybox mesh.
In this example I also have a basic camera that is a static class, this does not use the GameComponents at all as I want it to be used by all drawable elements in my code, so this class is driven by the game loop directly from in my game class.
So, the code...
So the sky box is instantiated like this in the Game1 constructor:
The configuration of the camera is a little more detaild. First of all, I want the user to resize the viewport, so I need to wire an event to manage this and update the cameras viewport properties, also, if the user has multiple screens and they drag the game from one window to the next, the camera viewport has to be reset again so this even also needs to be wired. So first off I write my methods to be called by the events.
I now wire these events up in the Game1 constructor.
Now I have those bases covered I need to initialize my camera, this is done in the Initialize method of the Game1 class.
Now all I have to do is update my camera, and yes, you guessed it, this is done in the Update method of the Game2 class.
Mouse rotates camera.
Esc to exit.
Again, any comments, issues, suggestions or fixes, please comment here.
OOPS! I forgot to add the following method to the SkyBox class, basicly without it if you move the game window to another screen your app will crash as you will get memory violations. Sorry. I have not updated the zip so you will have to do this manualy, source from now on will include this method if needed.