Xbox 2 and XNA Studio at GDC

Xbox 2 will have a multicore processor and be able to perform one trillion calculations per second. Not only that, you can use XNA Studio, built on Visual Studio Team System to develop games. Sweetness.

Quoted from the Microsoft press release

  • A well-balanced system that will deliver more than a teraflop of targeted computing performance
  • A multicore processor architecture co-developed with IBM Corp. that provides developer “headroom” and flexibility for the HD Era 
  • A custom-designed graphics processor co-developed with ATI Technologies Inc. designed for HD Era games and entertainment applications
  • XNA Studio
    MS Press Release
    Quoted from

    XNA Studio is one of the first major products to come out of the XNA Initiative Microsoft announced a year ago to standardize game development across different systems. Developers could use the same XNA tools to create games for Windows PCs, the current Xbox and future versions of the console, Microsoft promised.

    XNA Studio is based on Visual Studio Team System, Microsoft’s collection of code-writing tools for Windows developers who work in large teams.

    XNA Studio will include similar collaboration features meant to facilitate the exchange of code between programmers, designers, quality assurance testers and other members of a development project, Microsoft said in a statement. The software will also introduce a new unified file format to ease sharing of game assets.  


    Comments (12)

    1. Don’t get me wrong, I like my XBox, but the thing that everyone at MS (and the XBox MVP lead agrees with me on this, as well as a number of other points) seems to forget is that without good games (and being the first to market with those games), the system is worthless.

      Get GTA, FF, Gran Turismo, MGS, Resident Evil or any other "killer" game out to market FIRST, and it won’t matter what the specs of the machine are.

      Game producers arent flocking to PS2 because it is the best system on the market. Making games like "bloodwake" just isn’t going to cut it.

    2. Joku says:

      So how about some Channel 9 interview and perhaps even demo about XNA Studio?

    3. Hmm, sorry the post came off the wrong way I did not mean say that the hardware was going to be the reason for Xbox 2’s success. I just pointed out the new multicore processor and the fact that you can develop games using XNA/Visual Studio Team System.

      I totally agree with you good games are critical. Look at the success of Halo 2 or PC games like the Age of Empires series or Flight Simulator.

      Certainly re-hashing the same titles with more pixels adds no real value and customers can just play the old versions of those games rather then shelling out a couple hundred bucks for the same game on a new console..

      Brian Benincasa from the DirectX team had a great rant about this in his post on the Dice conference.

      QUOTE: …They all immediately went to the power of "the next-gen" and graphics and simulation and blah blah blah – like the scene in the Spinal Tap movie where the guy says, "Yeah, but this one goes to 11". Damnit! I want to hear how this next-gen, this second coming of Christ if the media will have you belive is going to make gaming mainstream. How’s it going to lead to an era where games are played not just by 18 to 34 year-old males but women and kids and grandparents? That’s the hurdle we as an industry have to get over if we ever hope to be considered true art and expression akin to film and music. It’s not about pixels and polygons guys, it’s about making games that are fun, accessible and with compelling stories.


      To your point on why developers go to PS2, *I* think (read my disclaimer) it’s all about market share. While it isn’t a problem for a large game developer company like Electronic Arts to port to multiple consoles, smaller companies want to reach as many eyes as possible with a limited budget. As such, they’ll create a game that only targets one console. The big players will always be console agnostic because they are game developers and don’t care about the platform.

      With the advent of XNA, creating a game once for Xbox enables the game to play on a Windows PC as well. That’s a distinct advantage that will reduce costs for companies to develop on multiple systems. It really is a great thing,

      My .02,


    4. xbox2? says:

      I thought it was going to be called xbox 360 or something like that. They were saying that they dont want xbox2 to sound less then ps3? Just a thought.

    5. zzz says:

      link to the xbox xna allard keynote video stream from gdc (game developers conference).

      just incase you found it odd that its not easy to find without carefully looking through the page

      for some reason I only see links to transcripts etc.. Boring! They should have offered videos of all the GDC keynotes panels and lectures online.

    6. Good question WRT name, I don’t think it’s actually called Xbox 2, but saying "next generation Xbox" is a little too long for my taste 🙂

      It sounds like they’ll be a lot more to talk about at E3 in May.

    7. Anonymous says:

      » Some Xbox 2 Info Released  InsideMicrosoft – part of the Blog News Channel

    8. CARLO says:

      One thing I’m a little afraid of is the whole ‘playing online with people on the pc as well’ thing. PC users obviously have an advantage in some genres, like First Person Shooters, which wont be fun to xbox2 players. Sure, you can get that mouse/keyboard adapter plug for your xbox, but it doesn’t offer ture mouse mechanics. When you point the mouse up, your cursor moves up the same way it would as if you are using a controller.

      PC users in games like Halo3 and etc. will be whooping xbox2 players in every which way, thus resulting in a turnoff for xbox players.

    9. gta? says:

      GTA sucks, they were all good until San Andreas and they aren’t gonna get better from now on.

    10. 009 says:

      I just hope they make two games for Xbox 2
      <br>True Crimes 2 make it better then San Andras
      <br>and Freedon Fighters