Microsoft spoke with us on the phone last week concerning the events going on at their Gamefest event happening in Seattle today and tomorrow. Two and a half years ago they unveiled the XNA platform at the Game Developer's Conference -- which promised to ameliorate the increasing burden placed professional game developers -- and today they've announced XNA Game Studio Express -- a free variant of XNA for hobbyists to develop games on both the Windows and, for a fee, Xbox 360 platforms. A beta will be available August 30th as a free download for Windows XP development, while Xbox 360 functionality will be added into the final version, expected to be available this holiday for a $99 annual subscription.
Sounds pretty cool... I can't even code this damn site right, I don't think I'll be moving to games to soon...
This was taken from a forum discussion about the release of the XNA Express. You know modders are going to be working day and night to hack this baby once MS basically started handing out Development Kits to everyone. Bring on Linux and the homebrews!