GAME PROGRAMING UNDER MICROSOFT XNA GAME STUDIO EXPRESS
XNA Game Studio Express is an integrated development environment (IDE) developed by Microsoft to make hobbyist, independent game developer and professional companies to develop various games.
(NASDAQ:MSFT) is bringing this art to the masses with a revolutionary new set of tools, called XNA Game Studio Express, based on the XNA(TM) platform.
XNA Game Studio Express will be available for free to anyone with a Windows(R) XP-based PC and will provide them with Microsoft's next-generation platform for game development.
During his keynote, Satchell talked about academic institutions that are lining up to include XNA Game Studio Express in their course offerings.
XNA Game Studio Express Opens Up Game Creation to the World
By providing an integrated, seamless development environment based on Visual Studio(R) Express and .NET that simplifies the integration and use of game content, XNA Game Studio Express makes game development easier to accomplish for smaller projects, strongly increasing the chance for great game ideas to make it out of the concept stage and into the hands of gamers everywhere.
The XNA Game Studio Express beta is available as a free download on Windows XP, for development on the Windows XP platform.
"XNA Game Studio Express will ignite innovation and accelerate prototyping, forever changing the way games are developed," Satchell said.
Not only will XNA Game Studio Express turn the community into creators, but a second XNA toolset geared toward game development professionals is scheduled to be available in spring 2007, fundamentally changing the way commercial games are developed.
According to Microsoft, the XNA Game Studio Express tool kit will enable games to be created more easily, by enthusiasts, to run on the Xbox 360 or PCs running the company's Windows operating system.
Microsoft said the XNA Game Studio Express and Xbox 360 development will be included in the Autumn curricula of over ten universities and hopes to introduce the tool kit to high schools.