Yeah that's really disappointing.
If the former is true, then that's really unfortunate for the large number of indie game devs that can't afford it.
If you're strapped for cash, you can actually buy a professional version of an older VS version such as 2008 for very cheap, but the latest version always costs a kidney!
Really? I thought that it required you to have VS 2012 professional edition. Maybe I didn't read it right. In that case, I'm good because I have 2010 professional. I got it as a gift from Microsoft about a year or two ago.
He is just referring to the price of the SKU, not the functionality of the graphics debugger. The graphics debugger is currently only available in the Pro or better version of VS2012.
Does Microsoft announced earlier that this kind of update would take place ? Or it was described only in update ?
In my opinion this is critical hit for game creativity ( Indie Games ) written on DirectX. That's really sad
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There were some hints about this (there are some links in the following blog post that would indicate this was coming...) but I don't think it was fully understood just how much of a problem this is going to be. A bunch of the MVPs (myself included) are lobbying to get the graphics debugger put into the express edition, but there is no word on if or when that might happen. Let's keep our fingers crossed, and if you have access to someone at Microsoft, please make a comment or send an email to indicate the necessity of this update!