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Thursday, August 31, 2006

XNA Game Studio Express (beta) Is Loose!

It's enough to make me want a 360.

Microsoft launches XNA Game Studio Express beta // GamesIndustry.biz
Microsoft has announced the launch of the public beta for XNA Game Studio Express, a new development tool aimed at independent and student programmers.

The beta, which is available via Microsoft's website, allows developers to create games using Windows XP and Windows Vista. Games can then be ported over to Xbox 360, providing their creators are willing to join the XNA Creators' Club at a cost of USD 99 per year - or USD 49 for a four month trial.

The Creators' Club will launch towards the end of the year alongside the finished version of XNA Game Studio Express. A second version aimed at more experienced developers who hope to profit from their creations, titled XNA Game Studio Professional, will follow in the spring - with a price point yet to be announced.

According to Microsoft, there has been an "overwhelming" response to XNA Game Studio Express since it was unveiled earlier this month; more than 100 schools and nearly 20 universities from around the globe have shown interest in the project so far.

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