How cool is this?

The XNA Community Games Platform team has just announced the ability to deploy games built with XNA Game Studio 3.0 onto the Zune devices. 

This will not just be able to make the game run, but there is some other cool stuff too.

  • Ability to support local ad-hoc wireless play with up to 8 different Zunes.
  • Discoverability/access to user’s music – allowing the user to customize background soundtracks or create real-time visualizations

Using these tools, developers will have the capability to develop once for all three platforms: the Xbox 360, Windows, and Zune.  The only down side is that  developers would not get cross-platform networking between all three platforms is not supported.

A preview will be available in April 2008 with initial release during the 2008 holiday season.