DirectX Tool Kit and C++/WinRT

The February 2017 releases of DirectX Tool Kit for DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 are now available on GitHub. In addition to various bug-fixes and a few minor improvements to the input classes (Mouse, Keyboard, and GamePad), the libraries now also support C++/WinRT applications for UWP and Xbox One. C++/WinRT language projections allow you to use…

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DirectXTex and DirectXMesh now support Direct3D 12

As part of my multi-year personal project of providing open source replacements for the deprecated D3DX library once found in the legacy DirectX SDK, two libraries are focused on content creation tools and build pipelines. DirectXTex handles loading image files, texture processing including format conversion, mipmap generation, block-compression, and writing out ‘fully cooked’ textures into…

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Getting Started with Direct3D 12

The first thing to do is get up to speed on Direct3D 11 (see Getting Started with Direct3D 11), especially if you are coming from a background of knowing Direct3D 9. Jumping feet-first into Direct3D 12 without a solid grounding in what a Direct3D feature level means, DXGI device-and-swapchain creation, the modern HLSL compiler story, the fate…

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Anatomy of Direct3D 12 Create Device

Based on some questions I’ve been getting lately, it seems like now’s a good time to revisit my classic post Anatomy of Direct3D 11 Create Device updated for Direct3D 12! The first thing to note is that while you can pass a nullptr for the ‘default’ device with Direct3D 12 to D3D12CreateDevice, that’s probably not…

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DirectXMath 3.09

DirectXMath version 3.09 is included in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update SDK (14393) that ships with VS 2015 Update 3 when you install the Windows Tools 1.4.1 and select the 10.0.14393 Target Platform Version (see this blog post). The new version includes the following: Support for additional optimizations when built with /arch:AVX or /arch:AVX2 Added use of…

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update SDK

Windows 10 Anniversary Update (build 14393, aka Version 1607) is now available along with a new Windows 10 SDK release. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update SDK (10.0.14393) can be installed via an optional install with VS 2015 Update 3 or as a standalone installer. This includes DirectXMath 3.09 and updated versions of Direct3D 12, Direct3D 11.4, DXGI 1.5, Direct2D/DirectWrite…

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DirectX Tool Kit for DirectX 12

Since the release of DirectX Tool Kit four years ago, it has proven to be a very useful library for samples, indie and hobbyist projects, people moving from XNA Game Studio to C++, learning Direct3D 11, and for developers looking for supported replacements for the legacy D3DX library and the retiring of the legacy DirectX SDK….

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Visual Studio 2015 Update 3

VS 2015 Update 3 is now available for download, including the updated Community edition. The Visual C++ 2015 Update 3 Redistribution packages are also available (x86, x64), as well as the Remote Debugging Tools (x86, x64, ARM). For more information see the Visual Studio Team Blog. Be sure to read the release notes. Update: See…

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Visual Studio 2015 Update 2

VS 2015 Update 2 is now available for download, including the updated Community edition. The Visual C++ 2015 Update 2 Redistribution packages are also available (x86, x64), as well as the Remote Debugging Tools (x86, x64, ARM). For more information, see the Visual Studio Team blog. Be sure to read the MSDN page as well. Compiler…

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Direct3D Game Visual Studio templates (Redux)

Back in January, I released a D3D11Win32Game Visual Studio 2013 template for Win32 desktop development primarily to support my DirectX Tool Kit tutorials. I modeled it after the basic template that we ship with the Xbox One XDK that consist of a Game class which sets up a device, swap chain, and timed rendering loop. I’ve…

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