We're all content creators now, right. But how many of us can create console games? Next-Gen spoke to Microsoft's Chris Satchell about his attempts to bring a gaming version of YouTube to Xbox 360. Colin Campbell reports...
Image XNA Game Studio Express is a Do-It-Yourself game programming tool, that enables consumers to create console games from home. It has the potential to change the way games are consumed, and how they are perceived. It also has the potential, like similar initiatives in the past, to slip quietly into oblivion.
The investment is significant. The core team of about 36 people have been working on this for three years. Plus, other resources internally have been pulled in. You're certainly looking at tens of millions of dollars. Why is Microsoft spending all this money on XNA Game Studio Express?
XNA boss Chris Satchell says, "We're making massive investments here. There's no huge financial windfall at the end of this. This is not a P&L that we built."