Azure Game Development Virtual Machine
Create and test games in the cloud with preinstalled game development tools
Make games anywhere with a near-zero-latency, GPU-powered game dev VM
Meet the challenges of distributed game development with a GPU-powered virtual machine. It's pre-loaded with the essential building blocks of game development, making it easy to spin up new systems and onboard new resources with near-zero latency. Keep your team connected with a global backend that offers a secure and consistent game creation environment.
Preloaded industry-standard game development engines, virtual machines, production tools, and services
Fast computers with powerful GPUs running on the secure, global Azure infrastructure
Multiple remote desktop options for low-latency, specialised game dev input hardware support
Connection to asset management, code repositories, and build systems in Azure for faster builds and testing
Reduce latency for a more connected team
Make remote game developers feel as connected as if they were working in the same room using remote desktop partner solutions and deploying the Azure Game Dev VM closer to your distributed teams for near-zero latency. Azure has more global datacentre regions than any other cloud provider.
Work on high-fidelity games anywhere
Develop remotely with GPU-powered machines capable of handling high-fidelity workloads anywhere in the world. The Game Dev VM is always available on the cloud and backed by the Azure secure global infrastructure.
Connect your game production pipelineAccelerate game production by connecting the Game Dev VM with Azure version control, asset management systems, and distributed build services. Collaborate seamlessly with your global team in the cloud or with your existing infrastructure using production pipelines for game creators and studios of all sizes.
Deploy workstations fast
Get started with a hybrid, easily scalable, and quick-to-deploy production environment with the ability to add or decommission resources instantly. With a few clicks in a few minutes, you'll have a fully functional VM with common game development toolsets ready to go. More customisations are available if you want to build your own VM with more service integrations using Azure Resource Manager.
Enterprise level security and compliance, built in
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Azure Game Dev VM pricing
Pricing for the Azure Game Dev VM is the same as Azure Virtual Machines. Select from four different SKUs (NV-series, NVv3-series, NCasT4_v3-series, and NVadsA10 v5-series) and pay for only the base Azure compute costs used. No additional costs are added for leveraging this VM. All tooling is pre-installed with Bring Your Own Licence (BYOL) options where applicable. For OS licensing, leverage Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server, and Multitenant Hosting for Windows 10.
Get started with an Azure free account
Start free. Get $200 credit to use within 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of many of our most popular services, plus free amounts of 40+ other services that are always free.
After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep building with the same free services. Pay only if you use more than your free monthly amounts.
After 12 months, you'll keep getting 40+ always-free services—and still pay only for what you use beyond your free monthly amounts.
"We have all these smaller independent developers around the world that want to work with us that may not have a large studio space. Now, they can just get spun up right away, and we know exactly what hardware they're on."Kate Rayner, Technical Director, The Coalition
Azure Game Dev VM resources and documentation
Integration with game production pipelines
Frequently asked questions about Azure Game Dev VM
Azure Game Dev VM has the same SLA as the SLA for Azure Virtual Machines.
Microsoft updates the Game Dev VM image periodically but can't guarantee that the software for each VM is always up to date. You're responsible for maintaining and updating the software environment. See the list of software included with the Azure Game Development Virtual Machine.