Announcing XNA Game Studio 2.0


Michael Klucher
Program Manager – XNA Community Game Platform

Wow! It’s hard to believe that a year ago on this blog we announced the first release of XNA Game Studio Express. Now, here we are again at Gamefest 2007 and, on behalf of the XNA Community Game Platform team, I am pleased to announce our next release: XNA Game Studio 2.0. Let’s take a look at some of what’s new in XNA Game Studio 2.0!

What’s New with XNA Game Studio?

  • XNA Game Studio 2.0 works in all versions of Visual Studio 2005. This includes Standard and Professional, as well as many other specific editions.

  • The new and improved interface makes it easier for you to manage your Xbox 360 console.

  • You’ll find that managing and building content is easier and more consistent in XNA Game Studio.

  • We’ve included project templates for content importers and processors.

  • You can configure how content is processed with the new ability to set parameters on Content Processors.

What’s new in the XNA Framework? Now you can:

  • Create rich multiplayer games over Xbox LIVE using the new networking APIs.

  • Create Audio more effectively with the new XACT editor!

  • Host XNA Framework games easily inside a Windows Form.

  • Use the virtualized GraphicsDevice: no more special code to handle device reset and recreate!

  • Take advantage of render targets that are more flexible, consistent, and easier to use. Xbox 360 and Windows now support multiple render targets (MRTs) as well.

  • Easily nest one component inside another thanks to improvements in GameComponent.

  • Enjoy many more enhancements and tweaks!

Most of our development on this version has been in response to your feedback. What you see here only scratches the surface of everything new in XNA Game Studio 2.0. As we near the release of XNA Game Studio coming late 2007, we’ll have more information.


Comments (71)

  1. Ultrahead says:

    Wow, having those features will be really great. Thanks a lot!

  2. Under hösten/vintern är det alltså tänkt att version 2.0 av XNA Game Studio kommer att släppas, observera

  3. News says:

    We all knew this was coming but here's the official announcement . You can also watch a live broadcast

  4. Under hösten/vintern är det alltså tänkt att version 2.0 av XNA Game Studio kommer att släppas, observera

  5. swildermuth says:

    Is there a link I can’t see to the bits?

  6. Scriptionary says:

    Thanks for listening to all of the input! Finally we will have support for Visual Studio! Can’t wait to see what features are in store.

  7. JoelMartinez says:

    Yeah! looking forward to using it with orcas 🙂

  8. JoelMartinez says:

    Yeah! looking forward to using it with Visual Studio 🙂

  9. JoelMartinez says:

    slash that last comment 😛 I didn’t mean orcas, meant 2k5 … am just playing around with orcas now in the day job

  10. como mucha gente ya va ha hablar sobre xna 2.0 (kartones y morpheo seguro) pues yo paso y os cuento algo

  11. Morpheo17 says:

    Will multiplayer apis be free for Xbox 360?? 🙂

  12. Michael Klucher has just announced XNA Studio 2.0 detailing some of the enhancements coming in the XNA

  13. Michael Klucher has just announced XNA Studio 2.0 detailing some of the enhancements coming in the XNA

  14. Mykres Space says:

    Well last night the Microsoft Guys finally announced the XNA Game Studio 2.0 System and the good news

  15. Gizmodo says:

    Microsoft XNA Game Studio, the user-creation tool that allows you to make Xbox Live Arcade-quality games

  16. Soo much to talk about…check out the winners of the Dream-Build-Play contest (not one, but FOUR winners

  17. Xiaoth says:

    Any plans for XNA Studio 2.0 to support Visual Studio 2008??

  18. Tech|noob says:

    Microsoft XNA Game Studio, the user-creation tool that allows you to make Xbox Live Arcade-quality games

  19. Well, Gamefest started today, and with that our team blog posted a new announcement . Exciting stuff!

  20. Publicados dos parches ( este y este otro ) para Windows Vista que mejoran la compatibilidad y el rendimiento

  21. Xadja says:

    Please add occlusion query to new version.

  22. CraigN says:

    Yesterday at the XNA Gamerfest 2007 Microsoft announced XNA Game Studio 2.0, an upgrade for the current

  23. Yesterday at the XNA Gamerfest 2007 Microsoft announced XNA Game Studio 2.0, an upgrade for the current

  24. Ein Jahr ist es nun her, seit die erste Version von XNA vorgestellt wurde. Pünktlich zum Geburtstag und dem damit verbundenen Gamefest 2007 kündigte Microsoft nun XNA Game Studio 2.0 an. Die wohl größte Verbesserung: es funktioniert mit allen Versionen

  25. coldacid says:

    When Orcas comes out, I take it that XNAGS 2.0 will be updated to run it too?

  26. Many of you have come to know and love XNA, the programming language for the Xbox and the PC. Since the

  27. eTrece says:

    Fantastic, this sounds like a great improvement to the framework.

  28. Check out the details of what’s coming in the XNA Game Studio v2.0 and the updated XNA Framework to be released later this year: http://blogs.msdn.com/xna/archive/2007/08/13/announcing-xna-game-studio-2-0.aspx

  29. Coding4Fun says:

    At XNA Gamefest conference, they announced the winners to Dream Build Play . There actually were two

  30. At XNA Gamefest conference, they announced the winners to Dream Build Play . There actually were two

  31. GameFest 2007でXNA Game Studio 2.0のアナウンスがありました。 XNAチームブログ に詳細がありますが、ここでは個人的な意見(つっこみ?)を交えて説明してみたいと思います。

  32. Fouz Blog says:

    Microsoft ha anunciado que sus conjunto de aplicaciones de XNA Game Studio se fusionarán en un único

  33. Alors que Joe Wilson vient de révéler à la presse qu’une catégorie Game Development axée sur XNA devrait

  34. Awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome.

    XNA team I tip my cap to you again.  I can’t believe how much you’ve accomplished, and I am gobsmacked about the networking support.  You guys rock.

  35. lmid says:

    Are the queries included this time?

  36. In my travels to various universities, a few people (students and academics alike) have commented on

  37. Jonesy says:

    Is the networking support limited to Xbox Live only? ie. can we access non-Xbox Live resources? can we host servers?

    Also, is there support for accessing the DVD drive?

    Great work 🙂

  38. Hace exactamente un año en mi post hable de la batalla de formatos abiertos, esta batalla esta a punto

  39. Hace exactamente un año en mi post hable de la batalla de formatos abiertos, esta batalla esta a punto

  40. Michael Klucher says:

    Hey Everyone, Let me answer some of the questions that are in the comments:

    swildermuth: This is just an announcement, we’ll post as soon as it’s available!

    Morpheo17: We’ll have more detailed information on how that works soon, just like playing games you will need an Xbox LIVE Gold membership to use the servers (System Link is free)

    Xiaoth: Not currently, Visual Studio 2008 is not a released product yet so there is no immediate plans to support it.

    Xadja, Lmid: Occlusion query’s are now part of the XNA Framework in XNA Game Studio 2.0

    Jonesy: Yes, Networking is through Xbox LIVE only. You still have the ability to use System.Net for other applications on Windows. No support for the DVD drive, what are you looking to do?

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  42. OK, so I'm a little late to the game on this one : Michael Klucher Program Manager – XNA Community

  43. wortwechsel says:

    Any plans to extend the 2GB limit? We’re currently planning out a title with lots of polys, artworks and cutscenes. Hence the size limit does not come in handy. 😉

  44. Michael Klucher Program Manager – XNA Community Game Platform While we’re still hard at work on XNA Game

  45. Michael Klucher Program Manager – XNA Community Game Platform While we're still hard at work on XNA

  46. Kelly White says:

    Yep, you heard it right. I currently don't have a playable Xbox 360. (Actually that statement is

  47. While we’ve already fixed this issue in the upcoming XNA Game Studio 2.0 I wanted to let you know about

  48. Recently, I started in a new role here at Microsoft – I have moved to the XNA Community Gaming Platform

  49. XNA Game Studio 2.0 vil komme på slutten av året. Her er en forsmak på noe av den nye funksjonaliteten

  50. My new team is using WiX v3.0 to create the MSI-based setups for the upcoming XNA Game Studio 2.0 product

  51. My new team is using WiX v3.0 to create the MSI-based setups for the upcoming XNA Game Studio 2.0 product

  52. OffBeatMammal says:

    any plans to push runtime support beyond Windows and XBOX?

    Specifically following the Silverlight route to OSX and (via Moonlight/Novell partnership) to Linux.

    Also being able to develop for Windows Mobile, Crackberry and Symbian/S60 platforms would be awesome… and kick Flash into a corner for portable, casual games…

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  54. Hi everyone, We held our events at Gamecity Nottingham last week and were delighted by the enthusiasm

  55. Hi everyone, We held our events at Gamecity Nottingham last week and were delighted by the enthusiasm

  56. msdn Austria says:

    Im Rahmen der XNA Game Studio European Tour findet am 27.11.2007 ein Event für alle am Game-Development-Interessierte

  57. Im Rahmen der XNA Game Studio European Tour findet am 27.11.2007 ein Event für alle am Game

  58. My project has two distinct parts; the web site backend and the game client. For the game client, I use

  59. Announced just yesterday , XNA Game Studio 2.0 is soon to be released. This will be a lot of fun, especially

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  62. 刚从XNA 小组的博客中得知,在XNA Game Studio 2.0 正式版发布之前,XNA小组将会放出一个 XNA Game Studio Beta 版本

  63. Anonymous says:

    This week is a really busy week so far. A lot of new stuff to play with is coming out right now. Today the XNA team has

  64. Jeff's Junk says:

    I know I’ve mentioned before that Xbox game development interests me. So they’re doing a new console

  65. Tras varios meses de espera después del anuncio del lanzamiento de XNA Game Studio, por fin ha salido

  66. Well last night the Microsoft Guys finally announced the XNA Game Studio 2.0 System and the good news for those who didn't want to install the Visual Studio Express System… You will now find that the XNA Game Studio 2.0 system will be supported

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  68. Virtual says:

    Hi everyone, We held our events at Gamecity Nottingham last week and were delighted by the enthusiasm

  69. Smith55js says:

    It’s too bad they didn’t add in support for DVD drive access.  I would love to see that ability added in so someone could develop a DVD filter package similar to ClearPlay DVD players.  That would go hand in hand with the Xbox family controls.

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