How To: Detect Whether Two Models Collide

This example demonstrates how to use the BoundingSphere class to check whether two models are colliding.

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To check whether two objects are colliding

  1. Track the position of each model as it moves about the game world.

    struct WorldObject
        public Vector3 position;
        public Vector3 velocity;
        public Model model;
        public Texture2D texture2D;
        public Vector3 lastPosition;
        public void MoveForward()
            lastPosition = position;
            position += velocity;
        public void Backup()
            position -= velocity;
        public void ReverseVelocity()
            velocity.X = -velocity.X;
  2. Make a nested loop with the first model's meshes as the outer loop and the second model's meshes as the inner loop.
  3. Inside the loop, do these steps.

    1. Get the bounding sphere for the current mesh of the first model and the current mesh of the second model.
    2. Offset the bounding spheres by the current positions of the models.
    3. Check the pairs of bounding spheres for collision by calling the BoundingSphere.Intersects method. If the method returns true, the objects are colliding.
    4. If the models are colliding, break out of the loop.

      static void CheckForCollisions(ref WorldObject c1, ref WorldObject c2)
          for (int i = 0; i < c1.model.Meshes.Count; i++)
              // Check whether the bounding boxes of the two cubes intersect.
              BoundingSphere c1BoundingSphere = c1.model.Meshes[i].BoundingSphere;
              c1BoundingSphere.Center += c1.position;
              for (int j = 0; j < c2.model.Meshes.Count; j++)
                  BoundingSphere c2BoundingSphere = c2.model.Meshes[j].BoundingSphere;
                  c2BoundingSphere.Center += c2.position;
                  if (c1BoundingSphere.Intersects(c2BoundingSphere))
For an example of determining a particle's path after it hits a surface, see Vector3.Reflect.

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