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XNA Game Studio Express

Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express is a set of tools based on Microsoft Visual C# 2005 Express Edition that allow students and hobbyists to build games for both Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. XNA Game Studio Express also includes the XNA Framework, which is a set of managed libraries based on the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 that are designed for game development. This documentation collection contains technology overviews, tutorials, and reference material related to XNA Game Studio Express.

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Frequently Asked Questions/Known Issues
This topic answers some of the most commonly asked questions about using XNA Game Studio Express 1.0 Refresh.
What's New in This Release
This topic describes new features and changes in XNA Game Studio Express 1.0 Refresh.
Getting Started with XNA Game Studio Express
Introductory documentation for XNA Game Studio Express.
Using XNA Game Studio Express
XNA Game Studio Express is seamlessly integrated with Visual C# 2005 Express Edition, exposing a wide set of new and updated features for developing 2D and 3D games.
Programming Guide
When developing games in XNA Game Studio Express, you use the XNA Framework, a set of managed libraries for Windows and the Xbox 360. These libraries enable you to be more productive developing C# games using a set of unified class libraries.
XNA Framework Class Library
The XNA Framework class library is a library of classes, interfaces, and value types that are included in XNA Game Studio Express. This library provides access to XNA Framework functionality and is designed to be the foundation on which XNA Game Studio Express applications, components, and controls are built.
Content Pipeline Class Library
The Content Pipeline class library is a library of classes, interfaces, and value types that are included in XNA Game Studio Express. This library provides access to XNA Framework Content Pipeline functionality and is designed to be the foundation on which Content Pipeline–related applications, components, and controls are built.
White Papers
Technical articles and white papers on XNA Game Studio Express programming topics.
Copyright Notice
Copyright notice from Microsoft Corporation.
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