XNA – How to Disable Bitmap Magnification Blending (Blur)

In working on my code for Conway’s Game of Life, I ran into a problem with the default bitmap scaling behavior in XNA. I’m generating a bitmap that I scale to the size of the window. When this bitmap is displayed, it is shown as a blurry mess:

Removing that doggone blending is actually quite simple. You have to modify your spriteBatch.begin() call, and modify the graphics device settings immediately after, like so:


SpriteSortMode.Immediate, SaveStateMode.None);

graphics.GraphicsDevice.SamplerStates[0].MagFilter = TextureFilter.None;

The key in the spriteBatch.Begin() call is the SpriteSortMode. Setting this value to immediate causes any changes to the graphics device to be applied immediately. And we want to make a change, as you can see in the next line of code. I’m changing the magnification filter to TextureFilter.None because I don’t want it to blue anything. After this, you draw and scale your sprites like normal. The result looks like this:

ahh… much better!

One Response to “XNA – How to Disable Bitmap Magnification Blending (Blur)”

  1. Aiden says:

    Thanks, I've been looking for a soln for this. Just learning XNA after dumping MDX, but I feel like I have to relearn how to do everything. Now just to work out how to actually draw to a bitmap, I'm guessing I have to use .SetData<> and .GetData<>. Thanks.

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