Microsoft to open up Xbox 360 development in education

Free XNA Creators Club trial for academics

Microsoft is to offer a free academic trial of the XNA Creators Club to universities.

Latest figures supplied by the company indicate that XNA is being taught in over 300 universities worldwide. Microsoft is keen to see the framework used in an educational context, with XNA boss Chris Satchell telling the audience at this year’s Develop conference that the Xbox 360 could be used to help make computer science a more popular subject.

XNA Game Studio Express and the upcoming XNA Game Studio 2.0 are both free products, but a Creators Club licence is required to run code on an Xbox 360. Microsoft’s aim seems to be to encourage development on the 360, which provides an interesting base from which to teach pertinent issues in contemporary development such as multi-processor programming and writing networked games.

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