Visual Studio 2015 RTM

Visual Studio 2015 RTM is now available for download, including the updated Community edition. The VS 2015 RTM Redistribution packages are also available (x86, x64), as well as the Remote Debugging Tools (x86, x64, ARM). For more information, see the Visual C++ Team blogBrian Harry’s blog, Somasegar’s blog, and the Visual Studio Team blog.

The C++11 language and standard library tables in the Dual-use Coding Techniques for Games article has been updated for VS 2015 RTM, and you can find much more information about these changes for VS 2015 on the Visual C++ Team blog. Be sure to read the MSDN page Breaking Changes in Visual C++ as well. There are also a number of new warnings in place including format specifier checking that previously required the use of /analyze.

REDIST: VS 2015 can target Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.0, Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, and optionally Windows XP Service Pack 3. Note that the Visual C++ 2015 REDIST does not support Windows 7 RTM, Windows Vista RTM, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows XP RTM, Windows XP Service Pack 1, or Windows XP Service Pack 2 as these platforms are all outside their support lifecycle. See KB2661358.

Visual C++: Note that with VS 2015 RTM, the C++ toolset is not included in the Typical installation. You must select it through the Custom selection. See the Visual C++ Team blog.

Windows 10 DirectX Development: Be sure to read this post on how to enable the DirectX debug device for Windows 10. Installing VS 2015 RTM (or VS 2013 Update 5) on Windows 10 will automatically enable the Graphics Tools Windows optional feature.

Windows XP: When building using the “v140_xp” Platform Toolset for Windows XP Service Pack 3 target support, remember this uses the Windows 7.1A SDK. The older SDK will generate some warnings in system headers with the new toolset that have to be externally suppressed. See VS 2012 Update 1 for some additional implications for DirectX development.

DirectX SDK: If you need to continue to make use of legacy DirectX SDK components such as D3DX9, D3DX10, D3DX11, or XAudio 2.7 with Visual Studio 2015, see MSDN for details on mixing the paths correctly. See also DirectX SDKs of a certain age, The Zombie DirectX SDK, Living without D3DX, DirectX SDK Tools Catalog, DirectX SDK Samples Catalog, and Where’s DXERR.LIB?

Windows 8.1 SDK: VS 2015 RTM includes the Windows 8.1 SDK Spring Update 2015 with DirectXMath 3.07. You can also download the standalone Windows 8.1 SDK Spring 2015 update.

Windows 10 SDK: Universal Windows apps (UWA) developers should stick with using VS 2015 RC until the final Visual Studio Tools and Windows 10 SDK packages are released next week. See this blog post about adding the Windows 10 SDK 10240 tools to VS 2015 RTM.

VS Content Pipeline: The built-in mesh content exporter in VS 2015 makes use of Autodesk FBX 2015.1–VS 2012 and 2013 used 2013.1.

Related: VS 2015 Update 1, VS 2015 Update 2, VS 2015 Update 3

Comments (6)

  1. James says:

    Is there an ETA for the DX12 samples? I'm running into issues, and I'd like to see the correct patterns.

    – The way I'm loading in texture data causes DXCaptureReplay to null de-ref. For simplicity, I just Map (unknown layout, no pointer) / WriteToSubresource / Unmap on an upload texture, and CopyResource into a default texture, which seems to work fine when running the application normally.

    – I don't seem to be getting gamma -> linear conversion when sampling SRGB textures, so the end-result looks blown out. It actually works fine with WARP though, so I'm not sure what I could be doing wrong.

  2. Alessio T says:

    @James: DX12 EAP is still open There you will find preview samples (:

  3. James says:

    @Alessio The bar for acceptance to the program is unfortunately out of reach for some of us.

  4. James says:

    @Alessio Thanks, was able to switch over to a debugger-friendly texture initialization pattern. None of the samples seemed to use SRGB formats though, so I'm still puzzled on that one. The debugger also doesn't seem to be showing completely reliable images of intermediate RTVs.

  5. James says:

    Grabbing the NVIDIA driver from their website rather than Windows Update fixed the SRGB sampling issue.

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