Featured Articles

Snapdragon 400 is Qualcomm’s SoC for watches, wearables

Snapdragon 400 is Qualcomm’s SoC for watches, wearables

We wanted to learn a bit more about Qualcomm's plans for wearables and it turns out that the company believes its…

More...
Qualcomm sampling 20nm Snapdragon 810

Qualcomm sampling 20nm Snapdragon 810

We had a chance to talk to Michelle Leyden-Li, Senior Director of Marketing, QCT at Qualcomm and get an update on…

More...
EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 reviewed

EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 reviewed

Nvidia has released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture. The Geforce GTX 970 and Geforce GTX…

More...
Nvidia GTX 980 reviewed

Nvidia GTX 980 reviewed

Nvidia has released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture. The Geforce GTX 970 and Geforce GTX…

More...
PowerColor TurboDuo R9 285 reviewed

PowerColor TurboDuo R9 285 reviewed

Today we will take a look at the PowerColor TurboDuo Radeon R9 285. The card is based on AMD’s new…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Friday, 01 February 2013 09:26

Microsoft to pull the plug on indie games?

Written by David Stellmack



Future XNA development could be phased out


According to reports Microsoft could be at least looking very seriously at the XNA development environment that is used on Xbox Live Indie games. Microsoft reportedly sent out Emails to XNA developers saying that the XNA Game Studio is not in active development and DirectX is no longer an evolving as a technology.

Because of this Microsoft says that effective April 1st, 2014 XNA/DirectX will be fully retired from the MVP awards program. While Microsoft has yet to comment and many XNA/DirectX developers claim that they have not received the Email, it is difficult to say what Microsoft might be up to here.

Some believe that the announcement means that Microsoft will not be offering or featuring an Xbox Live Indie Games offering on the next Xbox console when it releases. It would seem that Indie developers are not so concerned about the loss of the XNA Game Studio itself, as long as Microsoft has some better to replace it with.

We have to say that the potential loss of Xbox Live Indie titles would be a big deal to some, but it is questionable how many would actually miss it when you look at the entire community as a whole. We still think we have seen some very innovative offerings and concepts that we would have never seen make its way to a console if it was not for the XNA Game Studio and Indie development. Let’s hope that Microsoft continues to support Indie development on the next console as it has been a very good thing.

blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments