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Glossary:Display wrapper

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As APIs get older, their maintenance or support may eventually deteriorate or outright dropped, which can lead to numerous compatibility and performance issues in older games. To circumvent these and allow older games to be played with as few issues as possible, display API wrappers can be used as a compatibility layer that intercepts instructions at runtime which the game sends using older or obsolete APIs and converts them to a different, but newer, API to make use of more modern alternatives (like newer Direct3D, OpenGL or Vulkan). This process is opaque to the game, leaving it unaware that the display API it was developed for is not the one actually being used. Hence, wrappers most often have the same filename as the game's original wrapper to be properly called on every launch.

General information

The Wrapper Collection Project \ VOGONS
Wrappers - Emulation General Wiki

3dfx / Glide wrappers

Name API versions Wrapping to
dgVoodoo 1/2/3 D3D7, D3D9
dgVoodoo 2 1/2/3 D3D11, D3D12
nGlide 1/2/3 D3D9, Vulkan

DirectDraw wrappers

Name API versions Wrapping to
Aqrit's DDwrapper ? System's DDraw, but optimized
cnc-ddraw 1-7 GDI, OpenGL, D3D9
DDrawCompat 1-7 System's DDraw, but optimized
dgVoodoo 2 1-7 D3D11, D3D12
DXGL 1-7 OpenGL
DxWrapper 1-7 DDraw7 (for 1-6), D3D9
Required for fixing DirectDraw issues on modern systems.

Direct3D wrappers

Name API versions Wrapping to
d3d8to9 8 D3D9
D8VK 8 Vulkan
d912pxy 9 D3D12
DDrawCompat 2-7 System's D3D2-7, but optimized
dgVoodoo 2 2-9 D3D11, D3D12
DXUP 9-10 D3D11
DXVK 9-11 Vulkan 1.3[1]
DxWrapper 2-6/8 D3D7 (for 2-6), D3D9 (for 8)
Special K 9 D3D9Ex
VKD3D-Proton 12 Vulkan
WineD3D 2-11 OpenGL, Vulkan
There are no Direct3D 1 and 4 versions. Direct3D started with 2, and 4 was cancelled.

Mantle wrappers

Name API versions Wrapping to
GRVK Vulkan

OpenGL wrappers

Name API versions Wrapping to
ANGLE OpenGL ES (all, depending) OpenGL, D3D9/11, Vulkan, Metal
GL4ES 2 OpenGL ES 2.0
GLDirect 1.4 D3D6/7/8/9
OpenGLOn12 3.3 D3D12
QindieGL 1.1 D3D9
TitaniumGL 1.4 D3D9
VKGL 3.2 Vulkan
zink 4.6 Vulkan

Vulkan wrappers

Name API versions Wrapping to
MoltenVK ? Metal