Now Available: XNA Game Studio 2.0 (Beta)

Now Available: XNA Game Studio 2.0 (Beta)

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The XNA team is pleased to announce the Beta release of XNA Game Studio 2.0! This Beta release is your chance to try out the new features available in XNA Game Studio 2.0, including support for Visual Studio 2005, multiplayer support over System Link and LIVE, and many more features and enhancements, many suggested by you, the community members.

If you’re an existing XNA Game Studio Express user, you won’t have to worry about uninstalling anything – XNA Game Studio 2.0 (Beta) lives comfortably side-by-side with XNA Game Studio Express. Just follow the link below to find out what’s new in XNA Game Studio 2.0 and download the Beta, as well as updated sample content you can use with the Beta right away. There’s even a multiplayer-enabled starter kit you can use to familiarize yourself with multiplayer programming in the XNA Framework.

XNA Game Studio 2.0 (Beta) supports multiplayer gaming over Games for Windows - LIVE. If you are planning on making multiplayer games on Windows that make use of any Games for Windows - LIVE features, you will need an Xbox LIVE Gamertag that has an active XNA Creators Club membership, and a special token.

To receive your token, send a message to with the subject “Beta Key Request”. Note that you must send this message from the same e-mail address that is associated with an Xbox LIVE Gamertag that has an active XNA Creators Club membership. (Note it may take up to a few days to receive your code in email)

If you're not an XNA Creators Club member, you can use the System Link functionality or program against the multiplayer API's without a code.

Please keep in mind that the timeframe between this release and our final release will be very short, in fact we've already had a chance to fix some of the larger issues that you may run into during the beta. That said, if you do run into issues I would encourage you to file them through our Microsoft Connect site at: 

XNA Game Studio 2.0 (Beta) Download Page

Thank you for your interest in XNA Game Studio 2.0, and we hope you enjoy the Beta!

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  • yes,this is great.I will study her now.

  • ?? No support for VS2008 ??  Still trailing...

  • As noted in this post on the XNA team blog , the XNA Game Studio 2.0 beta is now available for download.

  • As noted in this post on the XNA team blog , the XNA Game Studio 2.0 beta is now available for download

  • *whew* After a long "quiet period", we've finally announced the availability of Game Studio 2.0 beta

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  • Would have been nice to announce this to the user group tonight.  Too bad I didn't check in earlier...

    Thanks MS for getting this out to us.  4 Day weekend coming up, enough time to dig in.  Congrats on the Launch, thanks for putting in some really good samples!

    LVXUG.Com - Las Vegas XNA Users Group

  • Now Available: XNA Game Studio 2.0 (Beta) from the XNA Team Blog has the announcement. The XNA team is

  • This week is a really busy week so far. A lot of new stuff to play with is coming out right now. Today the XNA team has

  • ...about support for vs2008, now that it is released :P ?

  • In der letzten Woche hatte Microsoft bereits angedeutet, dass bald eine Betafassung des XNA Game Studios 2.0 per Download angeboten wird, nun liest man auf dem offiziellen Teamblog, dass die neue Version verfügbar ist. Die wichtigste Neuerung: Entwickle

  • Congratulations on the release. I have a question though; I noticed that this release still has no x64 support (assemblies have to be set to x86 explicitly, with AnyCPU they will not work on a 64 bit OS).

    Is 64 bit support coming in a later (beta) release or is it not coming at all for 2.0?

  • Downloading now :-) thanks for all your hard work guys ... it's seriously appreciated

  • E' da oggi disponibile la Beta di XNA Game Studio 2.0, la nuova versione dello strumento Microsoft

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