• Announcements

    • khawk

      Download the Game Design and Indie Game Marketing Freebook   07/19/17

      GameDev.net and CRC Press have teamed up to bring a free ebook of content curated from top titles published by CRC Press. The freebook, Practices of Game Design & Indie Game Marketing, includes chapters from The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing, and An Architectural Approach to Level Design. The GameDev.net FreeBook is relevant to game designers, developers, and those interested in learning more about the challenges in game development. We know game development can be a tough discipline and business, so we picked several chapters from CRC Press titles that we thought would be of interest to you, the GameDev.net audience, in your journey to design, develop, and market your next game. The free ebook is available through CRC Press by clicking here. The Curated Books The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, Second Edition, by Jesse Schell Presents 100+ sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game’s design, encompassing diverse fields such as psychology, architecture, music, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, anthropology, and more. Written by one of the world's top game designers, this book describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design, demonstrating how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in video games. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again. View it here. A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing, by Joel Dreskin Marketing is an essential but too frequently overlooked or minimized component of the release plan for indie games. A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing provides you with the tools needed to build visibility and sell your indie games. With special focus on those developers with small budgets and limited staff and resources, this book is packed with tangible recommendations and techniques that you can put to use immediately. As a seasoned professional of the indie game arena, author Joel Dreskin gives you insight into practical, real-world experiences of marketing numerous successful games and also provides stories of the failures. View it here. An Architectural Approach to Level Design This is one of the first books to integrate architectural and spatial design theory with the field of level design. The book presents architectural techniques and theories for level designers to use in their own work. It connects architecture and level design in different ways that address the practical elements of how designers construct space and the experiential elements of how and why humans interact with this space. Throughout the text, readers learn skills for spatial layout, evoking emotion through gamespaces, and creating better levels through architectural theory. View it here. Learn more and download the ebook by clicking here. Did you know? GameDev.net and CRC Press also recently teamed up to bring GDNet+ Members up to a 20% discount on all CRC Press books. Learn more about this and other benefits here.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

Multithreaded renderer (with multiple devices)

1 post in this topic

I have a directx 9 application that needs to run on a Windows XP (embedded) machine with two monitors.

My first iteration of the renderer was a single [font=courier new,courier,monospace]IDirect3DDevice9[/font] object and then I [font=courier new,courier,monospace]IDirect3DDevice9::CreateAdditionalSwapChain()[/font] per "screen", which rendered out multiple 'windows' positioned and sized to simulate full screen.

This worked well, however I'd get lots of screen tearing since I used [font=courier new,courier,monospace]D3DPRESENT_INTERVAL_IMMEDIATE[/font] within the presentation parameters because I don't want to stall the updates waiting for vBlank. Also, I assume that with only one device querying one adapter, I'd not be able to safely assume the vBlank period for both monitors, only the 'main' monitor.

So this lead me to re-writing the renderer to use multiple devices (one for each monitor), and each device has its own adapter for its respective monitor. For my purposes, this is working just as well as the additional swap chains method, however I'm back to the same issue of tearing since the alternative is stalling the main thread twice for both vBlank's, which leads to unacceptable framerate jittering.

If I were to put forth the incredible amount of effort of rewriting my engine to be a multi-threaded renderer, will this solve my screen tearing issue? More specifically, am I able to create a thread for each device and render/present them independently? If I must keep all DX API calls on the same thread (which I believe is the case), will stalling multiple times waiting for vBlank still allow me to achieve a 60hz FPS?


Is there an easier way to know when to invoke [font=courier new,courier,monospace]IDirect3DSwapChain9::Present()[/font] without [font=courier new,courier,monospace]D3DPRESENT_INTERVAL_DEFAULT[/font] and on a single thread?

I've tried polling [font=courier new,courier,monospace]IDirect3DSwapChain9::GetRasterStatus()[/font] to manually present an already rendered backbuffer in the vBlank period (per device/monitor), but that doesn't seem to be accurate enough as I still get tearing. Edited by CrescentFresh

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

directx will only vsync in fullscreen exclusive mode. So your windowed mode must be false for all your swapchains. Search fullscreen exclusive mode on MSDN should take you through it step by step.


Good luck.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0