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DIY game tools for Xbox, Windows
« on: August 19, 2006, 08:48:22 AM »
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MICROSOFT has unveiled software tools aimed at encouraging independent and hobbyist video game makers to create titles for its new Xbox 360 console.

The move from Microsoft, which kicks off its two-day Gamefest video game development conference in Seattle, comes as the popularity of user-created content on the internet grows and as the software giant builds a large audience for its web-connected Xbox Live online service.

Microsoft said its tool kit, called XNA Game Studio Express, will make it easier for enthusiasts to create games to run on Microsoft's next-generation Xbox 360 console or PCs running its Windows operating system.

A test version of the tool kit will be out by August 30. The final product will be available this Christmas for an annual subscription of $US99 ($130) per year for Xbox 360 game development. The software will be free to people making games to run on Windows.

Microsoft said more than 10 universities will include XNA Game Studio Express and Xbox 360 development in their programs.