GDC '09: Microsoft Unveils Blue XBox 360 Development Kit
Today Microsoft has announced a new dev kit for the XBox 360 console, as well as new tools and a competition aimed at independent game creators. Interestingly, the new dev kit sports a new blue look and comes complete with additional debugging memory.
To quote: Taking advantage of the Game Developers Conference, Microsoft has announced a new dev kit for the Xbox 360, as well as new tools and a competition aimed at hobbyist and independent game makers.
The new dev kit, which comes in the sexy blue seen in the pictures, comes with additional debugging memory. This comes hot on the heels of Sony's announcement of its own new dev kit.
Microsoft also stated that it will release new updates to its free XNA tools. Microsoft explains the new features as follows:
"Community Games developers will be able to include customized Avatars, which have quickly become one of the most popular features on Xbox LIVE, and professional Xbox LIVE Arcade developers will be able to release game add-ons like episodic content and include LIVE Party functionality making playing games a social experience by letting gamers seamlessly Play and chat with their friends online."
No hard date was given for the updates. Microsoft said that they will be available this Spring.
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Good to see Microsoft allowing small developers the chance to make games for the console.