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Roman Kargin (Mail)
| AmigaOS 4.1: Warp3D backward compatibility with 'NovaBridge'|
At this year's AmiWest it was announced that Hans De Ruiter is working on NovaBridge: This driver should allow all 3D applications written under the old Warp3D and MiniGL to work on modern graphics cards like Radeon RX and Radeon HD. As the author explained in a blog post from late October, NovaBridge came about after further discussion about how confusing Warp3D's Nova naming scheme was. The main problem with this would be the fact that the end user would need to know about this incompatibility in order to get software to work accordingly. This is now to be solved by replacing the hardware-dependent code in the W3D_SI driver with Warp3D Nova code.
In consequence, this means that end users no longer need to worry about 3D APIs. Warp3D, Warp3D Nova, MiniGL, OpenGL ES 2, GL4ES should all work as long as Warp3D Nova drivers are installed. And developers would never need to write a Warp3D driver again.
Work on this driver is still ongoing, but Roman 'kas1e' Kargin has now summarized the current state of development in a YouTube video. In it, he notes that WarpOS apps like WipeOUT2097, Heretic2, demos of Encore, MadWizzards, etc. are working. They would all run in hardware rendering mode and would not require any patches. According to his conclusion, NovaBridge is currently the most compatible Warp3D of all possible realizations on any Amiga. Because even things that previously ran on Voodoo graphics cards but not on Radeon or vice versa would now just work as expected. (dr)
[News message: 19. Dec. 2021, 07:23] [Comments: 0]
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