Monday, August 14, 2006

Microsoft unleashing DIY games for XBOX

Will this the next hottest emerging trend?

Microsoft has launched a set of tools that it claims will enable hobbyists, students, and others to develop games for the Xbox 360.

XNA Game Studio Express will be available for free to anyone with a Windows XP-based PC, and will provide them with what's described as "Microsoft's next-generation platform for game development." In addition, by joining a "creators club" for an annual subscription fee of $99, users will be able to build, test and share their games on Xbox 360, as well as access a wealth of materials to help speed the game development progress.

Microsoft is working to create a community of user-created games on Xbox 360.

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