Items tagged with XNA

All things eventually come to an end, and for Boyd Multerer, the dude responsible for Xbox Live and creator of the XNA game development language, the ride at Microsoft is over. Voluntarily, we might add -- he wasn't shown the door or the victim of restructuring. Instead, Multerer posted to Twitter that, quite simply, it was time for him to do something new.Most of us eventually get to that place in our careers, sometimes several times, though Multerer's resume is more impressive than most. During his time at Microsoft, which spanned nearly two decades (18 years), he not only launched Xbox Live,... Read more...
After freaking out the gaming community with an email that seemed to signal the end of DirectX, Microsoft is now assuring everyone that DirectX is alive and well. The Microsoft XNA toolset is what’s being cut loose. It looks like DirectX isn't going anywhere, after all. The confusion arose from an email that was sent to DirectX/XNA MVPs by Microsoft. The email told MVPs that the MVP Award Program for DirectX/XNA would be retired by April 1 of 2014, giving many people the impression that both components were being put out to pasture. After a flurry of news reports on the topic, Mary Jo Foley... Read more...
There's been a fair amount of chatter surrounding Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7, but thus far the software developer has been reluctant to reveal much in the way of details. On Friday, Microsoft's partner group manager for Windows Mobile, Charlie Kindel, announced via blog entry that developers of current or hypothetical future Windows Mobile apps will need to plan to transition to either Silverlight or XNA. Silverlight is Microsoft's Flash competitor (whether or not it actually competes is open to debate); XNA is a standardized set of game authorship tools meant to streamline the programming... Read more...
What's likely going to be the largest selling console gaming platform in the coming year, and probably the year after that? If you said ____________, you'd be wrong. Because I doubt you said: The Playstation 2. The PS2's direct rivals, Microsoft's original Xbox and Nintendo's GameCube, are no longer in production. So why is the PS2 doing so well this late in life? For starters, it's cheap. Sony has cut the PS2's price to about $130, down from a high of $300, to entice casual gamers and kids. And with continuing sales and so many PS2... Read more...
In an effort to combat phishing attacks, the CA/Browser forum has come up with an extended validation certificate for websites. You'll have to verify your business isn't just a Post Office box and a server in Russia to get validated. The Forum has developed guidelines for Extended Validation SSL certificates that are far more robust than traditional SSL certificates. They will suddenly become much more important to consumers in January, when Microsoft begins using them with IE7 to verify that sites are safe to use. A green address bar... Read more...
The first public Beta of Microsoft's XNA Game Studios Express is now available for download via Microsoft's site. XNA Game Studios Express is the free version of Microsoft's XNA tools, which allows users to develop games for the XBox 360, using Windows XP.... Read more...