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XNA Express Beta Now Available

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    jeffsand

    The XNA Express Beta is now available

    This is a cross-platform gaming library for Windows and XBox 360.  This beta release targets the development of games for Windows, but the final version (available this holiday season) will allow you to target Windows and XBox 360! 

    So get started and let the homebrew revolution begin Smiley 

    Get it now and let us know what you built.

    Smiley

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    PaoloM

    Damn, you beat me by seconds! Smiley

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    TommyCarlier

    The page says you need Visual C# Express. Does that mean it doesn't work with regular Visual Studio 2005?

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    andokai

    It says it requires C# Express. Does that mean Visual Studio won't work with it?

    Edit: Damn you Tommy Tongue Out

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    jeffsand

    TommyCarlier wrote:
    The page says you need Visual C# Express. Does that mean it doesn't work with regular Visual Studio 2005?


    There is a good FAQ here.

    Q: Are there any prerequisites to run  XNA Game Studio Express?
    A:
    Yes, you must download and install Visual C# Express and the latest DirectX runtime updates. If you wish to modify/created audio files, you must download the full August 2006 DirectX SDK in order to use the XACT audio tool.

    Q: What is the difference between XNA Game Studio Express and the XNA Framework
    A:
    XNA Game Studio Express is a set of tools based on Visual C# Express 2005. The XNA Framework is included with XNA Game Studio Express and it is the set of managed (.NET) libraries based on the .NET Framework 2.0 that developers use.


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    Cybermagell​an

    andokai wrote:
    It says it requires C# Express. Does that mean Visual Studio won't work with it?

    Edit: Damn you Tommy


    Damn is today "Miss by seconds" day?

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    TommyCarlier

    But, I was gonna say that! (no, just kidding)

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    nishantkumar

    Not able to download! [C]

    The download you requested is unavailable. If you continue to see this message when trying to access this download, go to the "Search for a Download" area on the Download Center home page.

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    andokai

    Smiley To answer mine and Tommy's question it seems it does indeed require Visual C# Express and won't work with any other version of Visual Studio.

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    briankel

    At the risk of sounding unhelpful, "it works for me." Smiley

    I would suggest that you keep trying. Sometimes when we prop downloads it can take some time to filter across all of the different servers. If you're still having problems, though, please let me know and I'll get in touch with the XNA team.

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    jeffsand

    nishantkumar wrote:
    Not able to download!

    The download you requested is unavailable. If you continue to see this message when trying to access this download, go to the "Search for a Download" area on the Download Center home page.



    I believe the download is still propogating as I have encountered that error too.

    Refreshing the page usually fixes it.

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    Gambit

    I downloaded the beta and looked at the code for SpaceWar.  It looks cool. The Beta will probably limit my WoW time for the next few weeks Big Smile

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    Larsenal

    Can't wait to see some Niner games in the Sandbox.

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    jbwebb

    Cool, I've been looking forward to this. Downloading now.

    What does everyone think the main benefit will be from XGE?
    New games developers? More original ideas? Better development tools?

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    LaBomba

    Neato!Smiley

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    andur

    Anyone know if it is possible to have 2 versions of VS2005 installed side by side?¿? I'd like to take a look at XNA, but the msi installer won't let me without VS C# Express installed, I mainly just want to look at the documentation and see if its worth using or not.

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    Deactivated User

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    jbwebb

    Andur, they're saying in the XNA forum that VS2005 will live along side C# Express.

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