David "LetsKillDave" Weller
Program Manager - XNA Community
Today, we are delivering the first Community Technical Preview (CTP) of XNA Game Studio 3.0, giving you the ability to build games for the entire family of Zune media devices. This feature gives you access to the majority of the XNA framework APIs while retaining a seamless sense of integration with the Zune media experience. In addition, this release now requires either Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition and higher (C# language support must be installed), or
Keeping with Zune media experience, the XNA Game Studio 3.0 integration includes discoverability/access to user’s non-DRM music – allowing you to customize background soundtracks or create real-time visualizations. In addition, we’ve announced the ability to have multiple nearby Zunes wirelessly engage in an ad-hoc social gaming experience.
A preview release of XNA Game Studio 3.0 is now available through the XNA Creators Club Online site (http://creators.xna.com), with a final release scheduled for the holiday 2008 season. For those of you that prefer the shortest path to happiness, the direct link to the XNA Game Studio 3.0 CTP is here.
There’s three other important things we want you to know before you dig in:
We hope you have fun with this CTP, and we look forward to your feedback on this product!
P.S. – In case you find a bug or want to suggest a new feature, please be sure to post it to the XNA Game Studio Connect website.
Been waiting to try your hand at creating XNA games for the Zune? Want to use Visual Studio 2008 (express,
Take a look at my blog at
http://blogs.msdn.com/devschool for a step by step on getting started with C# Express, XNA GSE 3.0 and your Zune!
I will be posting a number of articles on how to implement games on the Zune.
Following close on the heels of the Zune 2.5 software/firmware update, Microsoft has released the XNA
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Dave Weller announced yesterday that a preview of XNA Game Studio 3.0 is out and about for people to play with. This CTP has all you need to start making games for Microsoft's Zune media player.
Downloads: Source Code (zip, 83 KB) Video (wmv, 35.6 MB) As Dave Weller mentions on the XNA team blog,
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