Today, XNA Game Studio 2.0 is released.
Microsoft edges closer to a publishing pipeline for the amateur development community.
XNA Game Studio is development software targeted at student, hobbyist and independent game developers, allowing them to create games playable on PC and Xbox 360.
With Game Studio 2.0, developers now have the ability to add voice chat and matchmaking features to their games, without the need for complicated coding. The new toolset also lets developers develop games that can be played cross-platform between Xbox 360 and PC via Xbox Live and Games for Windows—Live.
Satchell said that details about the business model surrounding the program would be announced next year as well.