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Upgrade Guide: XNA Game Studio 2.0 to XNA Game Studio 3.0

Describes how to upgrade your XNA Game Studio 2.0 game to XNA Game Studio 3.0 in Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.

XNA Game Studio 2.0 game projects require upgrade to the new format for development in Visual Studio 2008 and XNA Game Studio 3.0. This upgrade is necessary in every case, regardless of the complexity or simplicity of the project.

For a quick understanding of the new features introduced in XNA Game Studio 3.0, see What's New in This Release.

Upgrading Your Project

Projects that were created in XNA Game Studio 2.0 must be upgraded to work with Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and XNA Game Studio 3.0.

The Project Upgrade Wizard for XNA Game Studio 3.0 executes automatically whenever you open a project or solution in Visual Studio 2008 that was created for XNA Game Studio 2.0. The instructions that are included will take you through the upgrade process.

The chief tasks that the Project Upgrade Wizard performs are:

  • Updates XNA Framework references and properties from XNA Game Studio 2.0 to XNA Game Studio 3.0.
  • Updates the import targets file references in the game project for what is required for XNA Game Studio 3.0.
  • Updates the import targets file references in the content project for what is required for XNA Game Studio 3.0.
  • Establishes content compression properties (new for XNA Game Studio 3.0) to the default settings.

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