Today Microsoft XNA Gaming Studio Express was just released. What does that mean? It means the software is no longer beta and now has Xbox 360 support! To deploy your Xbox 360, you do need to be part of the XNA Creators Club which is available on Xbox Live Marketplace for $49 (U.S.) for a four-month subscription or $99 (U.S.) for an annual subscription.
You can be the first of your friends to create your very own video game. If you need help starting off, Coding4Fun has an example of XNA with their Tiny Tennis already available.
System Requirements and Prerequisites
- Only supported on Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2 (all editions) at this time. Windows Vista will be available only in a future beta release of XNA Game Studio Express.
- Hardware requirements are identical to those for Visual Studio 2005 plus a graphics card that supports DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 1.1 (Shader Model 2.0 support recommended).
- This release requires Microsoft Visual C# 2005 Express Edition to be installed before proceeding. You can install Visual C# Express from the Visual C# Express Download Page. However, other members of the Visual Studio 2005 line of products, for example Visual Studio 2005 Professional, can co-exist with XNA Game Studio Express on the same computer.