Microsoft’s XNA Game Studio

August 16, 2006

Microsoft will release a test version of its XNA Game studio on Aug 30th. This will be a trial version of the product and full version will come sometime later this year. Even with this free/trial version, developers will be able to develop games for their PCs. They require a $99 subscription fee however to develop games for Xbox 360. The professional version will be available next year.

Microsoft is working with 10 universities which will integrate the tool in their course work. Ahh I so wish this sort of work could start here in Pakistan as well :(. I wonder how long will it take for our universities to become research partners of such companies.

This is certainly good news for me and some people I know (kashif for instance). We have been trying to develop simple multi-player games but we always lacked the right tools. Looking at what XNA Game Studio has to offer, I think we might just have found the right tool set 🙂

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