Brendan Enrick

Daily Software Development

XNA Game Studio 2.0 Released

So I've dropped the ball on XNA. I've been meaning to read and learn about XNA for a while now. Microsoft has done something truly revolutionary here. They're taking efforts to encourage the little guy to write games for their console. As far as I know, they're the first console to do this. Please correct me if I am wrong about that. I'll get to the point now. Microsoft released a new version of XNA Game Studio which is the development environment for working with XNA games. I'm a version behind...

XNA Game Studio Express works along side Visual Studio 2005. In previous version I don't think you were able to use anything except for the C# Express Edition. According to the XNA web site, the new version supports the following versions of Visual Studio.

  • Visual C# 2005 Express Edition
  • Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition
  • Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
  • Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Architects
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Developers
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Testers
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite

They also have some nifty cool starter kits for those of you who hate beginning projects from scratch. They should also be very helpful while learning to develop games using XNA. There are also tutorials and articles on the site which should help us along while learning XNA.

For those of you who somehow missed XNA completely, it is a game development framework. It helps you develop games for Windows as well as Xbox 360.

Now that I've got an Xbox 360 I think I'll finally hop on board if I get the chance. I am only one major version behind on this one.

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