Microsoft recently announced that as of now individuals can contact the XNA development team and download their very own copy of XNA Game Studio Express. You can visit the main XNA homepage here. This is great news for aspiring young developers who now have the opportunity to create their very own Microsoft Xbox 360 games.
At the moment, the beta version is only capable of building Windows binaries. Microsoft also mentioned that as of this holiday season developers will have the ability to migrate those games to the Xbox 360 platform.
Microsoft has also teamed with Digipen, a game development school located in Redmond, WA which will give children as young as 10 years old to participate in creating Xbox 360 games during the summer of 2007.
The following is a quote from Claude Comair, chairman and founder of the board at DigiPen Institute of Technology.
“XNA Game Studio Express is an incredibly accessible tool for making games for Microsoft’s game platforms and will provide our university students with modern tools and console development experience. And now with our ProjectFun for XNA Game Studio Express, we’re eager to extend our educational offerings on Windows and Xbox 360 to include young children
It was also mentioned that subscriptions to the XNA Creators Club will start as low as $49 for a 4 month trial or only $99 for the entire year.