What can be done with GLSL extension directives?

Juju

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GameMaker's standard implementation of GLSL ES version 1.00rev17 leaves out some functionality that is commonly used in graphics programming. Fortunately, we can access some of these features by using GLSL's #extension directive.

Here're two examples that demonstrate how to enable two particularly useful extensions. (Bear in mind that I've tested these on Windows but not other platforms.)

GL_EXT_frag_depth, which enables per-pixel depth setting (gl_FragDepthEXT):
https://github.com/JujuAdams/gl_FragDepthEXT

GL_OES_standard_derivatives, which enables derivative functions (dFdx/dFdy/fwidth):
https://github.com/JujuAdams/GL_OES_standard_derivatives

I'm hardly the first person to demonstrate this extension directive functionality, but beyond these two extensions, I don't really know what other extensions are available and what they can do. There's an extension registry here and a GitHub repo for Angle (the OGL-to-DX transpiler GM uses) here but that's a lot of information to wade through. Anyone have any suggestions?
 
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Juju

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Tried vertex texture fetch in HLSL and had no luck, I suspect because GM isn't binding the necessary sampler(s) to the vertex shader. I'll try again in GLSL ES, though I don't hold out much hope.

The EXT_multiview_draw_buffers spec says it's written against ES 2.x but we might get lucky there.
 
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Xor

@XorDev
Has anybody been able to get any other GLSL ES extensions to work? GLSL ES MRTs would change a lot!
 

Bart

WiseBart
Not sure if it's possible to use that MRT extension just because of how everything works in the background.

For MRTs, gl_FragData is used instead of gl_FragColor and, according to the spec, it's initialized using the value of gl_MaxDrawBuffers:
Code:
mediump vec4 gl_FragData[gl_MaxDrawBuffers];
That gl_MaxDrawBuffers variable is a built-in constant:
Code:
const mediump int gl_MaxDrawBuffers = 1;
The value of gl_MaxDrawBuffers does appear to be equal to 1.
I tried redefining it in the vertex shader but it seems like every definition of a variable prefixed with gl_ throws a compiler error.

I do hope there is a way, though :)
 
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