Microsoft opens Xbox 360 gaming

Microsoft is going to offer XNA Game Studio Express as a free Windows XP download which will allow gaming development for the Xbox 360. This wont allow games to be distributed, but MS may allow games developed under XNA to be modified and uploaded to Xbox Live where they can be downloaded and played by others. Autodesk has said it will make 3D Studio Max compatible output.

There's a $99 pa program that gives developers access to a wealth of Xb0x 360 information.

The Express version should beta this month.

There will be Professional version early next year which should allow real distributable games.

This is a potential blow to Sony who's PSP3 is due for launch later this year, but at very high pricing (Blu-Ray costs and expensive chips) as Microsoft could get a real lead from amateur developers.
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