Microsoft launches XNA Game Studio Express

Today Microsoft officially announced the release of the XNA Game Studio Express and XNA Creators Club. The program allows anyone with a Windows XP-based PC to create and develop their own games. The software is based on Visual C# 2005 Express Edition and Microsoft .NET Compact. According to the release, the XNA Creators Club, available on Xbox Live Marketplace for a $49 four-month subscription or a $99 yearly subscription, gives Xbox 360 owners access to "thousands of game assets from Microsoft and key supporters such as Turbo Squid Inc., as well as white papers, specialized starter kits, samples and technical product support."

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