Adventures in XNA 5: The Sharing of Games is About to Begin

XNA animation component libraryAn imminent update to the XNA Framework will allow for sharing of packaged XNA Game Studio Express Games.

Developers will be able to package their binary games into a single file to share with other users of XNA Game Studio Express.  These files can be emailed or hosted on websites like any other files.  To run a game, you just double click a file and it will unpack to your Windows-based PC or Xbox 360 console.

Now XNA can really enable the "YouTube of Games."

Check out the other announced features in the upcoming XNA update in the XNA Team blog.

Comments (3)
  1. But YouTube runs on Macs, Linux, and the wii.  Granted, I threw in the last two in desperation, there’s no big draw there yet.  But ignoring the alpha-geek Mac crowd seems like a mistake.

  2. RobBurke says:

    Patrick, to me, the unprecedented fact that I can develop games for a cutting-edge console on even **ONE** (and the dominant) platform without having to apply for a dev kit is just stunning.

    But I am with you on the wii, having spent some time, without success, trying to hack its bluetooth communication so that I could use its accelerometers as an input device on my PC. 🙂

  3. zygote says:

    Hopefully we will start seeing more games being published with the new delivery system 🙂

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