Microsoft unveils blue 360 development kit

As expected, developer related news seems to be the flavour of the week in San Francisco. Following Sony's announcement yesterday, Microsoft has just shown off some new developer tools, as well as an improved Xbox 360 development kit.

Sporting a cool blue finish, the new model has also had it's memory bumped to 1GB - double that of the standard Xbox 360. The famous four rings associated with the 360 are also said to glow blue, but there is currently no imagery to confirm this.

In addition to the new model, Microsoft also announced the upcoming release of XNA Game Studio 3.1. The update, which will be available 'in the next few months', will allow upcoming developers to utilise Avatars, video playback and Xbox Live parties in their creations.

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I don't do a lot of 360 (or console) development so I may have missed something here, but why would you want to test on a machine with TWICE as much RAM as your target platform??!

Someone will probably release a mod/new case with this design on. Hopefully without those dorky XNA letters on the front, and that Aero-like pattern on the side!

Forget the bag blowing in the wind, this is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen :p

Seriously though, this looks nice, I'd love it if they released this later for public. I can see how some people would jump to the BluRay assumption though

Why've they written XNA on the side of the HDD caddie? Surely most developers with dev kits wouldn't use XNA? Not doubting its a real dev kit, just questioning why they'd bother putting it there :P

Its a pretty awesome kit though

You can use XNA to make arcade type games just the same. YOu don't have to write down your own engine and code if you don't have to.

I don't see why devs wouldn't use XNA if they don't need anything more powerful.

GP007 said,
You can use XNA to make arcade type games just the same. YOu don't have to write down your own engine and code if you don't have to.

I don't see why devs wouldn't use XNA if they don't need anything more powerful.

IMO they should release this, say... as an online-only thing... for anyone who wants one. After all, it would be a great way to test XNA community games, right?

Well the original 360 dev kits were essentially oversized Elites, so a new scheme based on this new kit isn't that crazy.

techbeck said,
Hmmm, bluray player as well???

Unfortunately, just because something's blue, doesn't make it a Blu-ray player

what said,
Unfortunately, just because something's blue, doesn't make it a Blu-ray player :(

Yea, more along the lines of wishful thinking....

Midnight Mick said,
I can't see myself upgrading unless it has blu-ray...


so your not gonna upgrade your dev kit unless it plays blu-ray or do you just not know how to read the word Development Kit in the title?

The 360 will never have blu-ray ever.
Sony owns blu-ray and they wouldn't ever let microsoft have it. Then no one would have a reason to buy the PS3.

ufis said,
The 360 will never have blu-ray ever.
Sony owns blu-ray and they wouldn't ever let microsoft have it. Then no one would have a reason to buy the PS3.

Sony doesnt own Blu-Ray at all they are part of a consortium.

I think microsoft would be on to something great if they actually sold this model, shame its only for developers but that blue is sweet!

I think we'll see more colors for limited edition units if they go with those and drop the Elite SKU. But I dunno. If enough people like this maybe they'll use it later on for retail units.

TCLN Ryster said,
Why 1gb? Whats the point of testing on hardware that no other 360 has?


To hold debug code in memory without paging it...

I want to see some decent pictures of it first... but from those very dark ones, it looks very nice. Unfortunately it's for developers only :\

Why couldn't we get this instead of that red pos? :P


*hopes he doesn't have to write a disclaimer to say he knows it's a development box*

If enough people make enough noise about it MS might use the color scheme in the next round of Limited edition units. Since it seems that they will probably drop the Elite SKU? Or that was the talk going around last month.

iamwhoiam said,
BROD?? :)

That would fit perfectly with the BSoD. They could simplify their support lines, "Thank you for calling Microsoft Support. Press 1 for BSoD, press 2 for BRoD...."