PS1 Shader

This is a shader trying to emulate the look of a PS1 game. The PS1 graphics pipeline took a lot of shortcuts, for example it used exclusively integers.

Simply apply it to any mesh. Best used with a texture with disabled filtering.


Jitter – The amount of polygon “jitter”, higher value means more intensive jittering.
Jitter Z Coordinate – If disabled, the Z axis (depth) of a vertex isn’t affected. Can avoid some clipping.
Jitter Depth Independent – If disabled, makes further objects jitter less, basically “scaling” the jitter with distance.
Affine Texture Mapping – If disabled, gets rid of the “weird floaty textures” effect at oblique angles. PS1 developers counteracted this by subdividing geometry, so you should too.

Shader code
shader_type spatial;
render_mode vertex_lighting, skip_vertex_transform, 
			specular_phong, diffuse_lambert_wrap;

uniform sampler2D albedo: hint_black_albedo;
uniform sampler2D specular: hint_black;
uniform sampler2D emission: hint_black;

uniform float jitter: hint_range(0.0, 1.0) = 0.5;
uniform bool jitter_z_coordinate = true;
uniform bool jitter_depth_independent = true;
uniform bool affine_texture_mapping = true;
uniform float alpha_scissor: hint_range(0.0, 1.0) = 1.0;

void vertex() {
	float z_orig = VERTEX.z;
	float i = (1.0 - jitter) * min(VIEWPORT_SIZE.x, VIEWPORT_SIZE.y) / 2.0;
	if (jitter_depth_independent) {
		float w = (PROJECTION_MATRIX * vec4(VERTEX, 1.0)).w;
		VERTEX = round(VERTEX / w * i) / i * w;
	} else {
		VERTEX = round(VERTEX * i) / i;
	if (!jitter_z_coordinate) {
		VERTEX.z = z_orig;

	if (affine_texture_mapping) {
		UV *= VERTEX.z;

void fragment() {
	vec2 uv = UV;
	if (affine_texture_mapping) {
		uv /= VERTEX.z;
	ALBEDO = texture(albedo, uv).rgb;
	ALPHA = texture(albedo, uv).a;
	ALPHA_SCISSOR = alpha_scissor;
	EMISSION = texture(emission, uv).rgb;
	SPECULAR = texture(specular, uv).r;
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