Direct3D game sample

Shows the basic end-to-end implementation of a simple first person 3-D game using DirectX (Direct3D 11.2, Direct2D, Windows.Gaming.Input, and XAudio2) in a C++ app.

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Specifically, this sample supports:

  • A touch input model
  • A mouse and keyboard input model
  • A game controller input model
  • Stereoscopic 3-D display
  • A Direct2D heads-up display
  • A persistent game state
  • Sound effect playback

There are two versions of this sample:

  • Simple3DGameDX: Uses DirectX to render game UI and implements its own layout.
  • Simple3DGameXaml: Uses XAML to render game UI and handle layout.

Both versions share significant amounts of logic: the Common and GameContent folders are identical. In addition, to reduce disk space usage, Simple3DGameXaml references some its assets from the Simple3DGameDX\Cpp\Assets folder.

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This sample is written in C++ and requires some experience with graphics programming. A code walkthrough for this sample is available here:

These topics provide info about the APIs used in this sample:

See also

DirectX marble maze game sample

System requirements

Client: Windows 10

Server: Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

Phone: Windows 10

Build the sample

  1. If you download the samples ZIP, be sure to unzip the entire archive, not just the folder with the sample you want to build.
  2. Start Microsoft Visual Studio and select File > Open > Project/Solution.
  3. Starting in the folder where you unzipped the samples, go to the Samples subfolder, then the subfolder for this specific sample, then the subfolder for your preferred language (C++, C#, or JavaScript). Double-click the Visual Studio Solution (.sln) file.
  4. Press Ctrl+Shift+B, or select Build > Build Solution.

Run the sample

The next steps depend on whether you just want to deploy the sample or you want to both deploy and run it.

Deploying the sample

  • Select Build > Deploy Solution.

Deploying and running the sample

  • To debug the sample and then run it, press F5 or select Debug > Start Debugging. To run the sample without debugging, press Ctrl+F5 or selectDebug > Start Without Debugging.