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Can anyone tell me what exactly XNA is? I read about it on IGN, but they were very vague about what is. The closest they came to explaining anything was a very silly analogy about Sears. The rest of it basically consisted of: "Yeah, we're gonna give these game developers some stuff that does some stuff. And then they can make their stuff with the tools (that we wont tell you about) that we gave them. And then they can make it all streamlined and fit together with other stuff, that they got from Sears like Black and Decker chainsaws and Craftsman monkey wrenches and...[continue bizarre sears analogy]."

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Originally posted by $iLk:

What is it like a development suite? Compiler, rendering engine, etc.?

It's basically a game development tool that will help you create games across the different platforms instead of say Making a Pc game and then having to convert the code for the game to play on the Xbox. Including:

"XNA dramatically improves the way games are produced, helping contain skyrocketing development costs by reducing the amount of time developers spend writing mundane, repetitive boilerplate code for complex new hardware."

"In addition, the move will fuel a whole new wave of compelling, cross-platform input devices from peripheral manufacturers."

Read the FAQ on the site.

Q: What does Microsoft XNA offer developers?

A: Microsoft XNA lets developers spend less time constructing and more time focusing on game creation. Microsoft XNA will:

- Enable developers to turn innovation into impact

- Help contain skyrocketing development costs

- Open up cross-device development opportunities

- Make it easier to make blockbuster games because Microsoft XNA is based on familiar development tools

- Allow game developers to focus on game design and spend less time fighting hardware complexity

- Enable life-like graphics, sound and movement

- Enable developers to design for Windows and Xbox simultaneously"

Of course, I don't see any mention on how much this thing is going to cost.

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