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All the details about gaming on Zune! Print E-mail
Written by Kostas Tzounopoulos   
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Playing Zauri on Zune 80The most important is Zune games will be supported on all Zunes available as of today: Zune 4/8, Zune 30 and Zune 80. XNA development platform will support 2D graphics and multiplayer gaming among 2 or more ad-hoc players (in the same location, not via internet). And a preview of the XNA Game Studio 3.0 which will do all these will be available this spring. Read more information after the jump ...




Developers will now have the capability to develop once for all three platforms: the Xbox 360, Windows, and Zune.  While developers can write one game and target any platform, cross-platform networking between all three platforms is not supported.

Keeping with Zune media experience, XNA Game Studio 3.0 integration includes discoverability and access to user’s music  allowing the user to customize background soundtracks or create real-time visualizations.  In addition, the XNA Community Games Platform team has announced the ability to have multiple Zunes wirelessly engage in an ad-hoc gaming experience.

A preview release of XNA Game Studio 3.0 will be available in the Spring 2008 timeframe, with a final release scheduled for the holiday 2008 season.

Q: Will this feature only work on newer Zune devices?
A: XNA Game Studio 3.0 currently will support Zune 4/8, Zune 30, and Zune 80 devices.

Q: Can I build ccgame files to share my Zune game with my friends?
A: The XNA Game Studio 3.0 preview will not support sharing CCGame files with other users. This is a planned feature for the release.

Q: Can I transmit the game to another Zune device wirelessly?
A: No, you must deploy the game to your Zune through your device connection on your PC, using XNA Game Studio 3.0 to deploy.

Q: Do I need an XNA Creators Club subscription to deploy the game?
A: No subscription is required to deploy the Zune game from your PC.

Q: How does the wireless support work?
A: The Zune device can support multiple Zunes that have wireless turned on.  If all the Zunes have the game deployed, and the game is written to work in a multiplayer mode, you can join in and play games with other Zunes.

Q: Are there any limitations on how I can use the music that’s stored on the Zune
A: Any DRM licensed music cannot be played; otherwise you have full access to the music and pictures stored on the Zune.

Q: You mention the Zune will be supported in XNA Game Studio 3.0, what else is supported in XNA Game Studio 3.0?
A: We have not announced any other features for XNA Game Studio 3.0 at this time.

Q: Will XNA Game Studio 3.0 work with Visual Studio 2008?
A: Yes, XNA Game Studio 3.0 will only work with Visual Studio 2008 and Express 2008 SKUs.

Q: When will we be able to try this feature out?
A: We expect to have a preivew of XNA Game Studio 3.0 available in the spring.

Q: What kind of gameplay limitations do I have?
A: With a 240x320 display and a design for one-handed usage, building games on the Zune requires some creative thinking that aligns better with mobile games.  The XNA Community Game Platform team has worked hard to give you the broadest access to the XNA Framework API.

Q: Is the full XNA Framework Graphics API available on Zune?
A: No, The Zune supports 2D graphics through the XNA Framework SpriteBatch API’s. Rendertargets and the ability to directly set pixel data to textures enables developers to be creative with their Zune games.

Q: How much memory is available for Zune games?
A: Games on Zune are limited to 16Mb for code and content.

Q: Does the Zune support Xbox LIVE?
A: No, the Zune doesn’t connectto Xbox LIVE.  All networking takes place over a local ad-hoc wi-fi network.  However, the networking APIs are similar to what is available in XNA Game Studio 2.0.

[XNA forums via JasonMauer ]

Check also: Xbox LIVE Community Games FAQ, Announcing: XNA Game Studio 3.0 and Zune

EDIT: Engadget has a hands-on review of gaming in Zune and a few closeup photos available.

Related articles:
Video: Game running on a Zune 80
Online Multiplayer games for Zune
Zune gets XNA based Games!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 February 2008 )
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