NVIDIA Brings Android Development to Visual Studio with ‘Nsight Tegra’

You’re in a strange kitchen. You’re asked to prepare a moderately complex ceviche recipe. You have 10 minutes to create the dish, or all that fresh fish gets fed to Fluffy. Where are the knives? Can you find the zester? And who organized that spice rack? If only you were in your own kitchen.

Many developers feel this way when they start developing for Android. Most are comfortable with the Microsoft Visual Studio “kitchen,”  but struggle to work efficiently in the Android development environment. NVIDIA Nsight Tegra, Visual Studio Edition gives these developers a familiar set of tools to code for Android.

While Android offers powerful development tools, it doesn’t necessarily keep the silverware in the same drawer. This is particularly true for game developers transitioning from PC and console game development to mobile games. At NVIDIA, we want developers to focus on creating compelling gameplay and content, not wasting cycles in search of the sharpest paring knife.

To help, we’re introducing NVIDIA Nsight Tegra 1.1, Visual Studio Edition for all registered developers free of charge.

NVIDIA Nsight Tegra 1.1, Visual Studio Edition

Here’s why: 90 percent of game developers creating AAA game titles for the PC, XBOX 360, Playstation, Wii and even some mobile gaming platforms use Microsoft Visual Studio to help manage the development process.

Nsight Tegra brings a complete native Android Development environment into Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. That allows developers to create Android applications without having to give up the Visual Studio development environment they already know.

“Having a solid debugger has already been a godsend”, said Simon Morris, Technical Director at Strawdog Studios, “and I have far more confidence now that we will be able to have stable software builds and memory use under our control.”

Development tools need to get out of the way and allow you to do your job. Nsight Tegra makes this possible, allowing you to quickly and easily bring console-quality games to Tegra.

Join the Tegra Registered Developer Program to download and try Nsight Tegra for yourself.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a quick nod to Mentor Embedded for delivering the underlying bits enabling this capability within Nsight Tegra. The experts at Mentor Embedded have been delivering custom SDK and tooling solutions for a variety of end applications for Android and embedded Linux. Please join us in a joint webinar to learn more about Nsight Tegra: http://go.mentor.com/2oj9f.

Watch the overview video or simply join the Tegra Registered Developer Program to download the Tegra Android Developer Pack and try Nsight Tegra for yourself.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/rtfss1 rtfss none

    VS2012 in the pipeline?

  • nvidiajones

    yup, that’s up next

  • Gerard thomas


  • http://www.mantrais.com/ Steve Schmidt

    This is really great news that Nvidia is seriously planning to make Android a gaming platform with the launch of android gaming device introduced by Nvidia.

  • Sagar Rawal

    This will make my life much easier…thanks!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LRYVC6UDPW7GV4SRHUURP4QQPA Andrei

    Did anyone tried to use it?

  • http://www.webspiders.com/ John Mendes

    Great news for developers. This is certainly a good news for all gamers, particularly for Android users.

  • http://kermitcarney.weebly.com/1/post/2013/03/android-developers-today-strive-hard-to-create-intuitive-and-beautiful-applications.html Abdul Oconnor

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I thinks you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next.

  • http://huntermerlin.livejournal.com/449.html Stuart Simmons

    It is very helpful to having  Nsight Tegra for developers who have been using Microsoft visual studio. To switch to new environment for developing application to pro developer is never easy.

  • BOSS

    Can you develop mobile app using c# on this platform???

  • nvidiajones

    nope – just c/c++ – use xamarin if you need C#

  • BOSS


    Any other free ones for C#

  • Basuraj Kumbhar

    Can we develop android application using vb.net?

  • Fred .

    Not even Java?

  • Fred .

    It sucks, this only works for Tegra developers.
    It requires a Nvidia subscription and stuff.
    It’s too bad this isn’t generally available to everyone.