Sorry, that would not work currently, as the ESP-IDF is not directly compatible with MSBuild (it depends on hardcoded file order and a few other constraints). We realize that ESP-IDF is frequently updated and are working on an experimental project subsystem similar to the Advanced CMake Project Subsystem that will be able to map native ESP-IDF projects directly into Visual Studio GUI, instead of importing ESP-IDF sources to MSBuild.
We expect to release a preview build with this subsystem in the next 2-3 weeks.
are there any news on the integration / mapping of esp-idf projects?
I really would like to test out the new esp-pico-d4 (if I find the time ^^), but knowing there might be VisualGDB support for esp-idf … well it gets me hyped 😉
Yes, it is almost ready for a public preview. We are still figuring out the best way to automatically edit key variables in the component.mk files, but the rest of the functionality is working quite well. We will try to release a preview this week, although it may get pushed over to the next one if unexpected complications arise.