(Even More) News on Games
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://forums.xna.com/thread/47451.aspx' target='_blank'>http://forums.xna.com/thread/47451.aspx</a><br /><br /></div>Alright, you're probably getting sick of the games talk by now, but I just had to throw this in there. I've been reading the XNA forums for Zune game news, and have picked up some interesting tidbits. For starters:<br /><ul> <li>Games can't connect to the internet (so no profiles, no RSS feeds or web browsers)</li> <li>The firmware update will be coming when XNA Game Studio 3.0 comes out (beta in Spring, final by Winter '08). It remains to be seen whether we'll have full on-device support with the beta, or whether it'll just be an emulator by then. Says XNA Program Manager <a target="_blank" href="http://forums.xna.com/4/46557/ShowThread.aspx#47864">Michael Klucher</a>: "XNA Game Studio will take care of doing what you need to set up the Zune for games."</li> <li>Further, "The only way that you will be able to play the games on the Zune is by deploying them through XNA Game Studio."</li> <li>And "Games cannot run at the same time as Wireless sync." I guess no Multiplayer for now... This was in response to a question about ad-hoc communication with several linked Zunes.</li> <li>No TV-Out for games, performance variations between Zune models is negligible (save for Zune Pad, 30's can do everything their newer cousins can)</li> <li>Unlike Xbox, a Creator's Club membership ($99) is not required to develop games for Zune</li> <li>Games can't be sent over wifi, probably for the same reason firmware updates can't. <br /> </li></ul>If you have any questions, check out the <a href="http://forums.xna.com/thread/47451.aspx" target="_blank">XNA Forums</a>, and ask one of the friendly devs there. Happy gaming!