Software Update: VMware Workstation Player 16.0.0

VMware has released version 16.0 of Workstation Player. Player is free software to create and run virtual machines. However, a fee is charged for commercial use. Simply put, it is a simplified implementation of other VMware products, such as Workstation Pro, Server, and ESX Server. Microsoft Virtual PC virtual machines and Symantec LiveState Recovery disks are also supported. In addition, several pre-installed virtual machines can be installed via this page are downloaded, such as Debian, Ubuntu, and Fedora. Version 16 includes support for containers, several new guest operating systems, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1 and Vulkan, USB 3.1 and vSphere 7.0.

What’s New

  • Container and Kubernetes Support
    • Build/run/pull/push container images using the vctl CLI.
    • Supports CHILD kubernetes clusters running on top of Workstation Player.

    Note: Windows 10 1809 or higher is required

  • New Guest Operating System Support
    • RHEL 8.2
    • Debian 10.5
    • Fedora 32
    • CentOS 8.2
    • SLE 15 SP2 GA
    • FreeBSD 11.4
    • ESXi 7.0
  • Support for DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 in the Guest
    • Hardware Requirements:
      • For Windows hosts, a native GPU that supports DirectX 11.0 is required.
      • For Linux hosts, latest NVIDIA proprietary drivers are required.
    • Software Requirements:
      • Host Operating System (64-bit):
        • Windows 8 or higher
        • GNU/Linux with NVIDIA drivers that support OpenGL 4.5 and above
      • Guest Operating System
        • Windows 7 or higher
        • GNU/Linux with vmwgfx
  • Vulkan Render Support for Linux Workstation Player
    Workstation 16 Player enables 3D support for Intel GPUs on Linux hosts to deliver DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.3 to VMs using Vulkan Renderer.
    Note: Linux host operating system with a recent Intel/Vulkan driver is needed, Mesa 20.1 or later is recommended.
  • Sandboxed Graphics
    Virtual machine security is enhanced by removing graphics render from vmx and running it as a separate sandbox process.
  • USB 3.1 Controller Support
    The virtual machines virtual XHCI controller is changed from USB 3.0 to USB 3.1 to support 10 Gbps.
  • Larger VM
    • 32 virtual CPUs
    • 128 GB virtual memory
      Note: Running virtual machines with 32 vCPUs requires that your host and guest operating systems both support 32 logical processors.
    • 8 GB virtual graphics memory
  • dark mode
    Workstation 16 Player supports Dark Mode for optimized user experience.
    Note: Requires host operating systems to be Windows 10 1809 or higher
  • vSphere 7.0 Support
    In Workstation 16 you can perform the following:
    • Connect to vSphere 7.0.
    • Upload a local virtual machine to vSphere 7.0.
    • Download a remote virtual machine running on vSphere 7.0 to the local desktop.
  • Performance Improvements
    • Improved file transfer speeds (Drag and Drop, Copy and Paste)
    • Improved virtual machine shutdown time.
    • Improved virtual NVMe storage performance.
  • Improved Accessibility Support
    Accessibility improvements have been added so Workstation Player is compliant with WCAG 2.1 criteria.

Version number 16.0.0 build 16894299
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Linux, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019
Website VMware
Download https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/downloads/details?downloadGroup=PLAYER-1600&productId=1039&rPId=51984
File sizes 212.63MB – 160.60MB
License type Freeware/Paid
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