Carlos Perez

At FIU we a Special Interest Group (SIG) that specializes in game and graphics programming and will be upgrading some of our lab machines (hardware and software) for next semester to start designing games using XNA. 

We've got a few questions that I'm sure have been answered or talked about before, but many are months old  (at least the ones i've seen). And I'll like to make sure what the current status was regarding XNA GS.

1. When will the final release of XNA GS (Express and Pro) come out I've seen a date flying around but i'll like to make sure.

2. Will the Express edition support Visual Studio Pro. The last blog I saw about this was from October 10, maybe things have changed.

3. What will be some of the features that the Pro edition will have compared to that of the Express edition

 

Any information will be appreciated, Thanks.




Re: XNA Game Studio Express About XNA GS Release

Jim Perry

1. Dec 11th - about 48 hours!

2. Not officially. You can use the XNA assemblies in VS Pro but you lose the starter kits, the content manager, etc. VS Pro offers nothing great and makes you lose a lot. Since C# Express is free you might as well take advantage of it.

3. From the FAQ:

Q: What¡¯s the difference between XNA Game Studio Express, XNA Game Studio Professional and XNA Studio
A:
XNA Game Studio Express and XNA Game Studio Pro are related products targeting non-professional game developers and established professionals respectively. Both products integrate with Microsoft Visual Studio. XNA Game Studio Express is intended for the hobbyist/small development group and therefore designed to help create non-commercial games. XNA Game Studio Professional will include additional functionality such as libraries supporting Xbox Live (Achievements, Leaderboards, Multi-player) needed by professional game developers wishing to create commercial, signed titles. XNA Studio will implement enterprise wide solutions aimed at the production pipeline and process by which games are developed in large AAA studios.






Re: XNA Game Studio Express About XNA GS Release

Carlos Perez

Thanks a lot.

One last thing. Will XNA Game Studio Professional support VS Pro.

Don't think it will make the lab personnel very happy to have to install C# Express also. But, oh well .






Re: XNA Game Studio Express About XNA GS Release

Jim Perry

"Will XNA Game Studio Professional support VS Pro"

Yes.






Re: XNA Game Studio Express About XNA GS Release

Carlos Perez

Great, thanks Jim.




Re: XNA Game Studio Express About XNA GS Release

teh_programerer

I hate to ask, but when is it launching exactly I heard a 6:00pm PST launch.





Re: XNA Game Studio Express About XNA GS Release

Jonas Beckeman

Jim Perry wrote:

"Will XNA Game Studio Professional support VS Pro"

Yes.

Can I ask where you got this information The only thing I've seen on what version of VS will be needed for GSP said VSTS.





Re: XNA Game Studio Express About XNA GS Release

AndyL

Jim Perry wrote:

"Will XNA Game Studio Professional support VS Pro"

Yes.

More to the point, will Game Studio Professional be available to unsigned developers MSFT has been pretty tight-lipped about this one...





Re: XNA Game Studio Express About XNA GS Release

Jim Perry

teh_programerer wrote:
I hate to ask, but when is it launching exactly I heard a 6:00pm PST launch.

The exact time is unknown but it's been hinted that it would be the morning of the 11th.