Microsoft releases new and cheaper Xbox Development Kit

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Microsoft announced a brand new Xbox Development Kit (XDK) on Monday.

The new hardware is designed to increase efficiency and reduce cost for all Xbox 360 developers. The new kit will feature additional RAM, built-in flash memory, a larger hard disk and a slimmer form factor. Microsoft says the price of the Kit has been “significantly reduced” from its predecessor.

The new XDK allows console developers to license a Sidecar attachment that enables debugging and disc emulation. Microsoft explains that not all members of a development team will require this capability so the new Sidecar option offers greater flexibility. The Sidecar can also be shared among multiple XDK consoles.

“Microsoft is known in the industry for providing easy-to-use tools that allow developers to create high quality games without a huge time investment. Now we’re offering those tools at a lower cost to reduce their monetary investment as well,” said Pete Isensee, principal program manager for the Xbox Advanced Technology Group. “The redesigned Xbox Development Kit is also an indicator of our continued investment in the platform; it is one piece of our ongoing programs to support Xbox 360 for years to come.”

The new XDK and Sidebar will be available to all developers who have existing licensing contracts with Microsoft.
 

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If they can make development costs cheaper then it should help, hopefully the other console makers will do something similar.
 

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Creaky said:
If they can make development costs cheaper then it should help, hopefully the other console makers will do something similar.
I think PlayStation®3 is already doing something similar.
 

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Silent said:
Creaky said:
If they can make development costs cheaper then it should help, hopefully the other console makers will do something similar.
I think PlayStation®3 is already doing something similar.
Good, hope they pass the savings on to the end user.
 

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