I’ve got to admit – this is pretty darn smart. Microsoft is making a game development tool set available for their PC’s that will apparently allow folks to develop games and deploy them to the XBox 360.
I haven’t read in depth about XNA, what it does, or how it all hooks together, but all appearances show that it’s something that can be used to do indie game development. And they’ve hooked it towards their Console – making it probably one of the easiest consoles to develop for in that very fact.
At the moment, I’m kind of personally annoyed at DirectX 9.0 for no fault of it’s own – simply that I can’t easily run a graphics intensive game on my Mac because it’s based entirely in DirectX technologies.
Anyway, good for MS. Good move.