Microsoft's XNA Game Studio Express development software has
been released for the budding game developers out there. According to
Microsoft, the software is mainly for students, hobbyists and independent game
XNA Game Studio Express is built on Visual C# Express 2005
and helps gamers create Windows-based games for free. However, if you'd like to
develop and play games on the Xbox 360 platform, you'll have to pony up for the
XNA Creators Club which costs $49 for four months or $99 for a full year subscription.
For those that wish to share games developed for the Xbox 360 platform, these
steps must be taken:
XNA Game Studio Express games developed for the Xbox 360 can
only be stored on a Microsoft 20GB hard drive and cannot be used with memory
cards, external hard drive or CD/DVD.
For those that would like to find out more about XNA Game
Studio Express, you can check out Microsoft's FAQ and Readme.