This is a special
GraphicsOutputtype that acts a lot like a
GraphicsBuffer, effectively allowing rendering to an offscreen buffer, except it does not create any framebuffer space for itself. Instead, it renders into the framebuffer owned by some other
The x_size and y_size must therefore fit within the bounds of the source
Since the framebuffer will be subsequently cleared when the actual owner draws in it later, this only makes sense if we are going to copy the contents of the framebuffer to a texture immediately after we draw it. Thus,
has_texture()is implicitly true for a ParasiteBuffer.
This class is useful to render offscreen to a texture while preventing the waste of framebuffer memory for API’s that are unable to render directly into a texture (and must render into a separate framebuffer first and then copy to texture). It is also the only way to render to a texture on API’s that do not support offscreen rendering.