Announcing: XNA Game Studio 3.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP)



David “LetsKillDave” Weller


Program Manager – XNA Community


 


Today, we are delivering the first Community Technical Preview (CTP) of XNA Game Studio 3.0, giving you the ability to build games for the entire family of Zune media devices.  This feature gives you access to the majority of the XNA framework APIs while retaining a seamless sense of integration with the Zune media experience.  In addition, this release now requires either Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition and higher (C# language support must be installed), or Visual C# 2008 Express Edition.


 


Keeping with Zune media experience, the XNA Game Studio 3.0 integration includes discoverability/access to user’s non-DRM music – allowing you to customize background soundtracks or create real-time visualizations.  In addition, we’ve announced the ability to have multiple nearby Zunes wirelessly engage in an ad-hoc social gaming experience. 


 


A preview release of XNA Game Studio 3.0 is now available through the XNA Creators Club Online site (http://creators.xna.com), with a final release scheduled for the holiday 2008 season.  For those of you that prefer the shortest path to happiness, the direct link to the XNA Game Studio 3.0 CTP is here.


 


There’s three other important things we want you to know before you dig in:




    • Either Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition and higher (C# language support must be installed), or Visual C# 2008 Express Edition are required to install and run the XNA Game Studio 3.0 CTP.  Visual Studio 2005 SKUs are not supported with XNA Game Studio 3.0 and beyond.  However, you do not need to uninstall Visual Studio 2005 or XNA Game Studio 2.0, as those products will work side-by-side with Visual Studio 2008 and XNA Game Studio 3.0 CTP.

    • This current CTP does not enable Xbox 360 game development.  Only Windows and Zune are supported in this CTP.  If you want to build and deploy games for the Xbox 360, you must continue using XNA Game Studio 2.0 for now.

    • This CTP doesn’t work in 64 bit yet.  We plan to support it before RTM.

 


We hope you have fun with this CTP, and we look forward to your feedback on this product!


 


P.S. – In case you find a bug or want to suggest a new feature, please be sure to post it to the XNA Game Studio Connect website.


Comments (56)

  1. XNA Game Studio 3.0 Community Technical Preview

  2. XNA says:

    Ραγδαίες εξελίξεις για το XNA, αλλά το χαίρομαι ιδαίτερα διότι οποιαδήποτε στιγμή, μπορεί ο οποιοσδήποτε

  3. Idag släpptes den första publika CTP’n (Community Technology Preview) av nästa version

  4. Ich bin gerade auf der fmx in Stuttgart und konnte dort mit Boyd Multerer (Dev Manager der XBox Live

  5. Go team XNA! We’re delighted to announce that the Community Technology Preview for XNA 3.0 is here. Dave

  6. Well, the big announcement about the Game Studio 3.0 CTP went out an hour ago. Everybody is excited about

  7. JefTek.com says:

    This morning I was excited to see a tweet that the XNA games studio 3.0 CTP is out. With the tweet, came the reminder to make sure you read the accompanying README information. So after folloing the link to the download site, I find this in the readme:

  8. Finally the CTP we've all been waiting for is here. You can now pick it up here and start developing

  9. … så kom den endelig den første CTP version af XNA Studio 3.0! Hvad … kan den så denne

  10. Finally the CTP we've all been waiting for is here. You can now pick it up here and start developing

  11. Greg Duncan says:

    Duh… Sorry. I just noticed the PS about the Connect site. Posting there now…

  12. We’ve just released the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Game Studio Version 3.0. If you haven’t

  13. The XNA Team announced the CTP of the XNA Game Studio 3.0 today : Today, we are delivering the first

  14. RobU's Blog says:

    One of the most satisfying times I experience at Microsoft are immediately after a product release. And

  15. ….talk to Let’s Kill Dave for more details! Can you say – changing the game on a Zune?

  16. From XNA Team Blog … Today, we are delivering the first Community Technical Preview (CTP) of XNA Game

  17. L’équipe XNA de chez Microsoft vient de mettre en ligne la première Community Technical Preview (CTP)

  18. Mykres Space says:

    Ok I know I am a little bit behind, or in front depends on how you look at it, but Microsoft and the

  19. ASPInsiders says:

    Very cool…time for games on Zune! Today, we are delivering the first Community Technical Preview (CTP)

  20. Tech|noob says:

    Filed under: Gaming , Portable Audio , Portable Video Well, that was fast, the XNA community technology

  21. Coding4Fun says:

    Want to develop games for your Zune? The XNA Game Studio 3.0 Community Technical Preview has been released

  22. udithait says:

    downloding…VS2008 intragration is grate

  23. News says:

    Today, we are delivering the first Community Technical Preview (CTP) of XNA Game Studio 3.0, giving you

  24. The first CTP of XNA Game Studio 3.0 is now available ! This CTP only targets Windows and Zune and only

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  26. chrisrobins@gmail.com says:

    "This CTP doesn’t work in 64 bit yet.  We plan to support it before RTM."

    Nooooooooooo!

  27. pixelame.net says:

    Disponible la versión 3.0 Community Technical Preview del Game Studio de Microsoft. De momento aun no permite el desarrollo para XBox 360: sólo permite el desarrollo en Windows y Zune.

  28. Announcing: XNA Game Studio 3.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP)A preview release of XNA Game Studio…

  29. Yesterday, I had the distinct pleasure of announcing the CTP of XNA Game Studio 3.0 LIVE. I was speaking

  30. Been waiting to try your hand at creating XNA games for the Zune? Want to use Visual Studio 2008 (express,

  31. Surf4Fun says:

    Take a look at my blog at

    http://blogs.msdn.com/devschool for a step by step on getting started with C# Express, XNA GSE 3.0 and your Zune!

    I will be posting a number of articles on how to implement games on the Zune.

  32. Following close on the heels of the Zune 2.5 software/firmware update, Microsoft has released the XNA

  33. Microsoft this week released their "spring Zune update" which is version 2.5 if you are keeping track: Microsoft Corp. today announced that Zune, the company’s all-in-one digital entertainment brand, is adding new software features an..

  34. Dave Weller announced yesterday that a preview of XNA Game Studio 3.0 is out and about for people to play with. This CTP has all you need to start making games for Microsoft’s Zune media player.

  35. Game Theory says:

    Downloads: Source Code (zip, 83 KB) Video (wmv, 35.6 MB) As Dave Weller mentions on the XNA team blog,

  36. Filed under: Gaming, Portable Audio, Portable Video

  37. XNA Community Games Platform team has delivered the first community technology preview (CTP) of XNA Game

  38. Ok I know I am a little bit behind, or in front depends on how you look at it, but Microsoft and the XNA Guys have released the First CTP of XNA 3.0 . The three main features included in this CTP . The first gives us the ability to develop our applications

  39. Paul Oliver is the founder of Legendary Studios and an experienced XNA developer.  His Guest blog

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  42. While I was out on vacation for the past couple of weeks, the XNA Community Gaming Platform (CGP) team

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  46. SocialITy says:

    Kiedyś kręciłem nosem na wszystkie nowe gadżety. Mam swojego Zenka, Zune (wtedy jeszcze w pierwszej edycji)

  47. janebush08 says:

    Thanks for the preview… XNA Game Studio 3.0 rocks!!!

  48. Virtual says:

    Good news! So yes, XNA is industry-changing-important, and it’ll be great to see where it goes. Note from their own stated plans, Microsoft is also looking upward into professional game developer scenarios early next year. This has the potential to be important to far more than just the game industry.

  49. First of all, what is XNA? If you haven’t read upon this, XNA is a framework and a set of tools that

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  51. Dr.Luiji says:

    Hi I’m trying the Visual Studio 2010 CPT but the XNA is not present, I’ve installed the XNA Game Studio 3.0 one week later.

    I can see the logo in the 2008 spalshscreen but not in the 2010.

    The requires are Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition and higher…

    Where I make the error? I lost some steps?

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