ReShade for PSOBB (Optional Screen Space Ray Traced Global Illumination)

Discussion in 'Skins and Mods' started by ZabaZu, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. ZabaZu

    ZabaZu Member

    What Is This?
    This specifically is a modified ReShade .dll that can keep depth buffer access in multiplayer games, along with a couple presets I made. As for what ReShade is generally, it's a post processing injector similar to ENB, except it works generically in just about any game. It can't modify textures or models or otherwise enhance the in-game effects/lighting, but it can add in depth-dependent effects like ambient occlusion or depth of field and otherwise do anything you could do to an image in photoshop.

    Why Would I Want It?
    Take a look at these image comparisons.
    EP2 Ship
    VR Spaceship
    Seabed Room
    Seabed Hallway
    EP1 Ship

    Alright, I'm Sold, Where's the Download?
    Here you go! (For RTGI 0.10, MXAO preset included and set as default since it's free. Also a low end preset that should work on even integrated graphics).

    But there's a catch! While I included presets that work for free, the Global Illumination shader used in the gallery photos is currently in beta and the developer does not want it publicly distributed. For now, if you want access to said shader, you'll need to support the developer on his Patreon, where it is in the $5 tier (I am in no way, shape, or form affiliated with the developer of this shader). Once the shader is finished in development, it will be available for free. As for why you might consider throwing him 5 bones, he's responsible for a ton of quality shaders for ReShade which are absolutely free, such as the great MXAO shader I've used as an alternative until the GI shader is available publicly.

    How Do I Install This Thing?
    Once you've downloaded the files, extract them to the root of your PSOBB install (where the PSOBB.exe is located). Boot up the game, and open the ReShade menu by pressing Shift + F1. At the top of that menu, there will be a selected preset. Ensure that the correct preset is selected for your needs.

    As an added suggestion, go into the control panel for your video card and enable 16x Anisotropic Filtering for the game. Also, you cannot use MSAA or SSAA with this mod. It may simply make the depth effects not work, or it may crash at launch.

    How's Performance?
    These effects are extremely performance intensive as configured. At 3440x1440, this pushes my RTX 2080 to about 50-55% utilization. If you have a modern mid-range gaming PC and aren't running a 4k monitor this should run fine for you. I can't do a large range of performance testing, so if you have any performance problems please let me know what GPU you have, what resolution, and where you have problems. If anybody has issues on reasonable hardware, I can try to make a more performant preset. Optimization wasn't a concern for me given the age of this game and it having a 30 fps cap.

    Thanks for taking the time to look at this! I spent a lot of time tweaking this to my tastes and making sure it didn't look bad in a large variety of scenes. If you give it a download, let me know what you think, and if you make your own preset, I'd love to see some screenshots! Hope you all have a great day!

    If your game crashes with the mod installed, check to make sure psobb.exe isn't using the compatibility mode for windows xp service pack 2.

    If you need more direct help, feel free to add me on discord: Jon#2105

    Old Versions
    For RTGI
    For RTGI 0.7
    Last edited: May 8, 2020
  2. CTB

    CTB JK hate paused, busy!

    Chicago, Illinois
    I haven't played in so long that I am having trouble telling the difference in-game, but the screens got me to pony up for GI because I like more colors.

    Performance-wise, 2080 TI can still do whatever the hell it wants at 4K. Maybe I'll try playing with the other shaders...
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  3. ZabaZu

    ZabaZu Member

    My default configuration has "scroll lock" as a toggle key for the effects, if you want to see a before and after. I also left it setup so that "print screen" automatically takes a screenshot before and after.
  4. Echelon

    Echelon PSOBB plastic surgeon

  5. ZabaZu

    ZabaZu Member

  6. ZabaZu

    ZabaZu Member

    You're right, sorry about that. Hopefully a mod can move the thread.
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  8. Siushaga

    Siushaga Member

    This looks nice. I contributed via Patreon to help support the developer. Have you played around yet with the latest 4.5 ReShade or the 0.8.x betas for GI? Would definitely be interested in if you do! (not very savy with playing with these settings myself)
  9. ZabaZu

    ZabaZu Member

    The build I included here was built close enough to the release of 4.5 that it has most of the changes in 4.5. There's not much reason to rebuild it for this game at least. I have played around with the 0.8 version of the GI shader but I haven't gotten it looking how I want. I haven't been playing PSO much lately so I haven't spent much time with it. I plan on revisiting it and really dialing in what I want when the shader fully releases.

    That said, the GI shader in particular is pretty easy to adjust, you really just need to play around with the amount of ambient occlusion and GI. You can keep the rest of the settings at default in 0.8. For testing, you'll want to go to particularly dark areas (VR temple in the tunnels for example) and make sure it's not too dark (adjust AO accordingly), and also go to areas with high contrast and make sure the GI isn't too aggressive and unnatural looking. Keep in mind it needs to assume global lighting only within screen space, so high values can look very bad in some scenes.
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  10. ZabaZu

    ZabaZu Member

    Got around to playing with the newest version. I also learned how to use the shader better myself (my advice wasn't particularly good in the last post, not for the newer version). Still working out what settings I want, but the results are much better than before so far.

    Current settings if you want to copy them
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2020
  11. ZabaZu

    ZabaZu Member

    I updated to a newer version of reshade and have a preset for the latest version of RTGI with some minor tweaks to both that preset and the MXAO preset. I also included a new low end hardware option. This also fixed the issue where it didn't know where the presets were when installing (forgot to make it a relative path when uploading before...), so if anybody had issues getting this to work before and didn't ask for help, it's far more likely to "just work" for you now ;).

    I should have read between the lines with your comment. I don't think it was working for you before, unless you changed the path of the presets. I uploaded it with a hard path for the presets before, so the only way it would work is if you had your game installed to a Games folder on a J: drive lmao. I thought I'd changed it to be relative but it turns out I didn't. It's fixed now.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2020
  12. vXVirus

    vXVirus vXPlinki

    Used reshade before so im abit familier with it and modding I done alot of times in other games.. but tried this and when I try to start the game, I get Psbb.exe error could not start program (0xc0000005) pinpointed it to be the d3d8.dll file making the game crash on startup

    update. using both the d3d8 or d3d9.dll's together and the game crash . taking away 1 or the other the game starts. now I understand taking away 1 of them just disabled the mod itself but maybe that info could be important for someone that understands this better.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2020
  13. ZabaZu

    ZabaZu Member

    Hmmm that's really weird. I'm going to go ahead and package up the latest files (along with some changes to my preset) for you to try out to see if it fixes it.
  14. ZabaZu

    ZabaZu Member

    Try this and let me know if it works for you.
  15. vXVirus

    vXVirus vXPlinki

    Sorry nope downloaded the new link you gave me, open the rar in winrar put everything in that rar to the client root folder with the PSOBB.exe and nothing gets overwriten just fyi. and still same error
  16. vXVirus

    vXVirus vXPlinki

    Could it be my Item reader mods causing problems? Im using Ephinea client
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2020
  17. ZabaZu

    ZabaZu Member

    Well it definitely should overwrite stuff. To make sure you're doing it right, you should have a d3d8.dll and a d3d9.dll in the same directory as psobb.exe. And the item reader shouldn't be a problem, I use it as well. What OS are you on? Is there any chance you somehow don't have directx 9 installed?
  18. vXVirus

    vXVirus vXPlinki

    OS is windows 10 strange it should overwright stuff? even from a clean install?
  19. ZabaZu

    ZabaZu Member

    Oh, a clean install of it shouldn't overwrite anything. I thought you were saying the new files didn't overwrite anything.
    I'm really not sure what could be causing the problem. Might be worth temporarily disabling the item reader (just rename the DLL it uses). Are you using the latest version of the drop reader?
  20. vXVirus

    vXVirus vXPlinki

    As far as I know yes im using the latest but just to make sure I will try without using the mods on clean install and test I check back once I did it.

    na new clean install did same error. I give up I think, Thanks anyway for trying ^^ I will try to see if others have had better luck maybe I can copy their files and try see if it works.

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