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Earlier this week, we released updated versions of the existing XNA Game Studio starter kits on the Creators Club web site that will install and work with XNA Game Studio 3.0. To go along with that, we have also released some new and updated samples and a standalone version of the Spacewar starter kit for XNA Game Studio 3.0.
New XNA Game Studio 3.0 samples
We released 3 new samples that were created by Shawn Hargreaves to demonstrate new features in XNA Game Studio 3.0 and to better illustrate some of the best practices that will help you add polish to your games for publication on Xbox LIVE Community Games. Here is some info about the new samples:
We also released updated versions of the following samples to better illustrate community game best practices and new XNA Game Studio 3.0 features:
Spacewar starter kit
In addition, we released a standalone XNA Game Studio 3.0 version of the Spacewar starter kit (previously available as a part of the XNA Game Studio installation process, but replaced in 3.0 by the Platformer starter kit).
Converting existing 2.0 samples to 3.0
Most of the samples currently available on the Creators Club site are still only available in XNA Game Studio 2.0 versions. However, they can easily be converted to work with XNA Game Studio 3.0 (and you do not need to have VS 2005 or XNA Game Studio 2.0 installed to convert the samples). Here are steps you can use to accomplish this conversion:
There is also a set of unofficial XNA Game Studio 3.0 samples that a member of the community converted from 2.0 to 3.0 using steps like the ones listed above and then re-zipped and posted for download. You can find link to these unofficial samples in this blog post. This link mentions the XNA Game Studio 3.0 beta, but there are not any differences in the Visual Studio project file format between the beta and the final release of XNA Game Studio 3.0, so these samples should also work in the final release of 3.0 and not just in the beta.
<update date="11/15/2008"> Added a link to a download location for unofficial 3.0 versions of the XNA Game Studio samples. </update>