GDC: Microsoft unveils new dev tools, shows blue 360

Tuesday, 24th March 2009 18:30 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Microsoft just lifted the lid on a range of new 360 dev initiatives at GDC, as well as showing a blue, XNA-branded 360 dev machine. Do want.

A third Dream-Build-Play design competition has been announced. beginning April 6. The last two produced games like CarneyVale: Showtime, Weapon of Choice, and The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai.

For the 2009 competition, Microsoft is offering a cash prize and the opportunity to win an Xbox Live Arcade publishing contract.

In addition, XNA Game Studio 3.1 is being readied. New features include Avatar support, video playback, and support for Xbox Live parties.

Professional developers (as in, not those making Community games) will also find new tools for downloadable content support.

Loads more on IGN.

The blue dev kit’s shown off in shots on MTV. It’s lovely. The machine will be available to developers this summer.



  1. icastflare

    WOW that looks sick. :O

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    I just did a little cry. Apparently the ring of light’s blue.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    That’s shiny as fuck. I want it!

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    I’d have no idea what to do with it. Still want it.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. No_PUDding

    It looks like a normal 360 wearing an awesome shiny blue top-hat.

    Who would NOT want that? Who?

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Syrok

    Me. Already got one console. :P

    #6 6 years ago
  7. No_PUDding

    Well yeah, I don’t really want it, but I do. It’s shiny.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. icastflare

    Blue Ring of Death!


    #8 6 years ago
  9. Shatner


    #9 6 years ago
  10. Psychotext

    I’m seeing a distinct lack of shiny at that link.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Shatner



    #11 6 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    They look shiny to you? I don’t see any fake metal surfaces.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Shatner



    #13 6 years ago
  14. Bleak Harvest

    Nice colour scheme… feels a little too PS3 for my taste.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Shatner


    #15 6 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    Are your eyes really that fucked Shatner? I can see how it could have happened.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Shatner



    #17 6 years ago
  18. Psychotext

    …and your posts are nothing more than worthless wind up attempts, as usual. You need a hobby.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Shatner




    #19 6 years ago
  20. Psychotext


    How predictable. Anyway, back to work for me, I’m sure another target for your attention will be along shortly.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Michael O'Connor

    Psycho, you could always just install that greasemonkey ignore user hack, and your life would be ten times easier.

    Got admit, with it installed, it’s funny seeing a string of comments by just yourself. Looks like you’re talking to yourself.

    But you’re not that crazy… right?

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Shatner



    #22 6 years ago
  23. valium

    now people will have a BROD to worry about.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Blerk

    Oh, nice!

    And I learned that Sony also apparently invented the colour blue! Don’t tell IBM.

    #24 6 years ago

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