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Xbox to share gaming tools with PC

This summer, Microsoft will be releasing a new tool to allow developers to write a game once that will work on both Xboxís and PCís, effectively ending the legendary disease of crap-port-itis.

Dubbed the XNA, companies will be able to keep caps on the cost of developing games for ever bigger pools of hardware, which should breathe life into new companies trying to make it big. This comes as great news to Blighty, as the UK development market is currently experiencing a meltdown, with 3 major companies going tits-up already in 2004.

Microsoft also hopes, of course, that XNA will help to bridge the gap between them and Sony, who are currently running away with the gaming market thanks to the PSOne and PS2 consoles.

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