SMAA is not affecting UI screen rendering (and screen UI rendering just generally needs improvements badly)

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Sadtaco
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SMAA is not affecting UI screen rendering (and screen UI rendering just generally needs improvements badly)

Post by Sadtaco » Mon May 20, 2019 12:17 am

SMAA Off
SMAA Highest
As you can see, the borders around screens gets smoothed with SMAA highest, but it doesn't affect the UI rendering.

That's a pretty bad bug, I'd say. Those screens just look terrible if you aren't right up to them even at my high 2560x1600 resolution. I can't imagine how they look at 1080p.

Further, can I throw in a suggestion here to please improve the rendering of those screens?
I think they should be rendered at 2x or 4x native resolution by default and then super sampled. I don't think that should be terribly costly when much of them are blank background and you can cache it to a texture and only rerender the frames where it changes.
I think one issue here might be that SMAA is being applied BEFORE the text rendering is ever done? Or since SMAA is based on a similar method to supersampling AA that whatever is rendering the UI isn't doing it above native at those edged areas to begin with?
This is my biggest gripe with the look of the game at the moment. It takes something that should be a beautiful looking feature and is making it ugly due to how bad it looks at a modest distance away.

And thanks for fixing some of my previous bug reports real quickly. Though I know this one may be more difficult to tackle in a performant manner.

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Re: SMAA is not affecting UI screen rendering (and screen UI rendering just generally needs improvements badly)

Post by Sadtaco » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:05 pm

The issue of SMAA not affecting screen rendering, and screen rendering just generally not looking good at a distance, still persists as of the latest version.

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Re: SMAA is not affecting UI screen rendering (and screen UI rendering just generally needs improvements badly)

Post by Sadtaco » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:46 pm

Just tried the latest version on Steam.
Text rendering on screens still is a problem. These really should be rendered at 2x native resolution or something (or have a setting to change the render scale) to make them clearer at a distance, if not (or in addition to) having SMAA applied to them.

SMAA is actually worse now, in that it longer seems to work at all. It's obviously not on when on "high", and off doesn't change anything.

It might be that these are getting fixed in update 26 already, but I wanted to remind of it.

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