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Add skybox to deferred scene

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I have basic deferred renderer project setup. In my scene i have added some buildings and terrain and now i want to add skybox to it.
I need help how to tag pixels with stencil buffer where objects are drawn so i can later draw a skybox (with zenable false) only on pixels that are not tagged? What is a proper render states to set? Is there some other method beside "stencil masking"?

Thanks for your time.

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I'm not sure if it is the fastest way to way to handle the sky, but in the lighting part I test if the pixel depth is bigger than some treshold (like >0.999) then I draw sky, otherwise I calculate the lighting for the current pixel. Probably you could handle the situation with the stencil buffer too.

Cheers!

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You don't need to use stencil if you don't want, you just need to force your skybox to have a depth of 1.0 and then enable depth testing. The easiest way to do that is to your viewport MinZ and MaxZ to 1.0.

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You don't need to use stencil if you don't want, you just need to force your skybox to have a depth of 1.0 and then enable depth testing. The easiest way to do that is to your viewport MinZ and MaxZ to 1.0.

I did that in my game and... didn't work well. OpenGL renderer worked fine, but D3D9 was pushing the skybox in front of other objects that were very close to the far plane (maybe some driver bug?). To avoid the problem I enforced all skybox vertices to have z=1 in the vertex shader:

VS_OUTPUT main(VS_INPUT input)
{
VS_OUTPUT output;

output.position = mul(input.position, worldViewProjTransform);
output.position.z = output.position.w;
output.texCoord0 = input.texCoord0;

return output;
}
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