Microsoft Invites You to Create XBOX Games
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Perhaps its because it costs nearly $40Million to produce a game for Xbox or maybe they are finally understanding the power of Social Media, but Microsoft has made a very interesting announcement about game content creation. Starting on August 20, Microsoft are making available the tools for people to create videogames 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 already has 10 US universities, including the University of Southern California and Southern Methodist University, who will include XNA Game Studio Express and Xbox 360 development in their curriculum.
Microsoft executive Peter Moore said “It’s our first step of creating a YouTube for videogames.”
In an official statement related to this major announcement, Microsoft suggested that the new product “…will democratize game development by delivering the necessary tools to hobbyists, students, indie developers and studios alike to help them bring their creative game ideas to life while nurturing game development talent, collaboration and sharing that will benefit the entire industry.”
More details on the pregram can be found here