Is This YouTube For Games?

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."

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ArmrdChaos4235d ago

This will be a mechanism to get 360's in a number of schools and universities that wish to either create classes for this particular line of work or simply create interest in Math/Science in our pre-college school systems. Seeing how US school system as a whole has been dragging a$$ when it comes to math and science this would be a great way to generate interest and get students involved again. This type of knowledge will not only be useful for video game design but other areas as well. As tech improves and systems become more complex we will rely heavily on creating controls and displays that will be more visual in nature...although it is always fun to make things explode too.

Rasputin20114234d ago

This seems like pure Brilliance on the behalf of Microsoft...if it can sky rocket to infinity and beyond!

level 3604234d ago

Great idea! This will help and bring out a lot of hidden talents all around the place. Hope gaming fans and those who are'nt would get involved in this new adventure...