Real-Time 3D Terrain Engines Using C++ and DirectX 9 (+ CD-ROM)

Greg Snook


Real-Time 3D Terrain Engines Using C++ and DirectX 9 (+ CD-ROM) - Greg Snook

With recent advancements in programmable 3D rendering hardware, game developers can create engines capable of making complete outdoor landscapes. Many of today's popular games include entire outdoor environments, but making these environments realistic and fast is a challenge for even the best programmers. Real-Time 3D Terrain Engines Using C++ and DirectX 9 is written to help make the process more efficient, and to bring new programmers into the field of 3D computer game programming.

The book is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of programming a popular 3D engine type-the "Real-Time 3D Terrain Engine." Throughout the book, the focus is on the essential topics of outdoor terrain rendering. So whether you are new to 3D engine programming or a seasoned veteran, Real-Time 3D Terrain Engines Using C++ and DirectX 9 will teach you how to use the latest advancements in hardware accelerated rendering, and provide all of the tips, tricks, and ideas you need to build your own, complete 3D terrain engine.

Skills Needed: It is assumed that you are familiar with C++, Direct X, math, and geometry and that you're ready to move into 3D engine design and real-time terrain visualization.


  • The complete real-time 3D terrain engine documented in the book
  • All model, texture, and effect files
  • The Microsoft DirectX 9 SDK
  • 3DEM (Visualization Software LLC) and a demo of T2 (Keith Ditchburn) to help you create your own terrain

    System Requirements:
    Windows 2000/XP,Pentium III Processor 1Ghz+, DirectX 9 compatible video card providing hardware-accelerated, programmable vertex, and pixel shaders (NVIDIA® GeForce™ chipsets (versions 3, 4, FX, or greater) and the ATI® Radeon™ chipset (8500 series and greater), CD/Hard Drive, 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended), 500 MB of free disk space is required to install the DirectX 9 SDK, the sample source code, and the tools provided. Sample code was written using Microsoft Visual Studio.NET® (Visual Studio 7.0), which is the recommended compiler for working along with this book. Project files are also provided for Microsoft Visual Studio® version 6.0 for convenience. Compilers from other vendors might compile these files, but have not been tested. The source code is intended for Microsoft Windows XP, but might also function under Windows 98, Windows ME, or Windows 2000. However, support for these older versions of Microsoft Windows is not guaranteed because DirectX 9.0 drivers might not be available for all video cards on these older operating systems. DirectX is Licensed Software, the use of which is governed by an English language break-the-seal EULA inside the Licensed Software.

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