I was going through this tutorial for having transparency which can be used to solve my problem here. The code is written in XNA 3 but I'm using XNA 4.

What is the alternative for the following code in XNA 4?

device.RenderState.AlphaTestEnable = true;
device.RenderState.AlphaFunction = CompareFunction.GreaterEqual;
device.RenderState.ReferenceAlpha = 200;
device.RenderState.DepthBufferWriteEnable = false;

I searched a lot but didn't find anything useful.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Here is the blog post that details the removal of the alpha test render state in XNA 4.0 (and the introduction of state objects). If alpha-testing is all you need, there is a built-in AlphaTestEffect that you can use. \$\endgroup\$ May 31, 2014 at 14:13

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You can Alpha test in pixel shader by discarding the pixel if its alpha is below a certain level:




These two have the same effect which is discarding the pixel if its alpha is below 0.1. I am not sure what exactly is referencealpha in the renderstate but I am guessing it is an unnormalized alpha value, so 200 would be 200.0/255.0 in pixel shader. You can turn off depth write by:

device.DepthStencilState = DepthStencilState.DepthRead;
//device is your GraphicsDevice

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