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As announced today in this news item on the Creators Club site and on this post on the XNA team blog, the final version of XNA Game Studio 3.0 is now available for download. In addition, a refreshed Creators Club web site has been unveiled, including the ability to submit and peer review games for publication via Xbox LIVE Community Games in the New Xbox Experience.
Important note - if you are planning to submit an Xbox LIVE Community Game and/or participate in the peer review process, you must use XNA Game Studio 3.0 and not any previous version of XNA Game Studio.
Here are some links with information about how to download and get started using XNA Game Studio 3.0:
What is new since the XNA Game Studio 3.0 beta?
The XNA Game Studio 3.0 beta represented a feature complete milestone for the XNA Game Studio 3.0 product. This means that the main differences between the beta and the final release are bug fixes and small fit-and-finish improvements. The notable exception to this are the following:
If you previously had a pre-release version of XNA Game Studio 3.0 installed
If you previously had a pre-release version of XNA Game Studio 3.0 (the CTP or beta) installed, there are a few things you will need to keep in mind:
If you encounter XNA Game Studio 3.0 setup failures
If you run into setup failures while installing XNA Game Studio 3.0, it can help to look at the log files created by XNA Game Studio 3.0 setup. They are located at %temp%\XNA Game Studio 3.0 Setup\Logs.
The best way to get help for setup issues is to gather your log files, upload them to a file server of your choice, and then post a question on the Creators Club general forum that includes a link to your log files. When doing this, please be sure to search for related issues before posting something because your question may have already been answered.
You can also report setup issues via the Connect site - please include your log files as attachments when doing this.
<update date="10/31/2008"> Added link to a forum post about issues with .ccgame files created in the XNA Game Studio 3.0 CTP or beta. </update>
When the XNA Game Studio 3.0 beta was released a couple of months ago, I wrote a blog post describing
To go along with the recent release of the final version of XNA Game Studio 3.0 , we have posted a set
One of the coolest talks I heard at PDC2008 was XNA Game Studio 3.0 .  Watch the session on Channel