Software Install Requirements

This topic describes the software required to use XNA Game Studio 4.0.

XNA Game Studio 4.0

To download XNA Game Studio 4.0 itself, go to the Creators Club Online.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

XNA Game Studio 4.0 leverages the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 development environment, extending it for game development. XNA Game Studio 4.0 works with any of the following Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 products.

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone
  • Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Express Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional Edition

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone and XNA Game Studio 4.0 are only available as part of the Microsoft Windows Phone Developer Tools. You can install Microsoft Windows Phone Developer Tools from the Microsoft Windows Phone Developer Tools website.

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Only members of the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 product line support XNA Game Studio 4.0. XNA Game Studio 4.0 is incompatible with Visual Studio 2008 or previous editions.

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0

XNA Game Studio requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0. The setup program for Microsoft Windows Phone Developer Tools installs the .NET Framework if it is not installed already on your computer. You also can install the .NET Framework from the Microsoft .NET Framework Developer Center.

Additional Required Software Installed by Setup

The XNA Game Studio setup program also installs the following required software.

DirectX Runtime

XNA Game Studio setup installs the DirectX runtime, which is required to use the XNA Framework Game API.

Microsoft Cross-platform Audio Creation Tool

XNA Game Studio Setup installs multiple versions of the Microsoft Cross-platform Audio Creation Tool (XACT). You can use XACT to author audio content for your game. Games written using XNA Framework 3.1 and later are required to use XACT 3 projects, which are not backward compatible. Games written using XNA Framework 3.0 are required to use XACT 2 projects.

Games for Windows - LIVE

XNA Game Studio Setup installs Microsoft Games for Windows – LIVE Redistributable, version 2.0.687.0. This software provides support for various gamer services such as retrieving player preferences for local accounts, as well as programmatically displaying various LIVE Guide user interface screens.

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