Microsoft released a new set of developer tools Monday meant to ease the creation of games for the next version of the company’s Xbox video game console. Developers could use the same XNA tools to create games for Windows PCs, the current Xbox and future versions of the console, Microsoft promised. The new systems will be capable of creating images many times more detailed than current game machines, meaning developers will have to produce much more code. Microsoft expect XNA to eliminate enough detail work from the development process that studios can keep development budgets for Xbox 2 titles roughly on par with Xbox games.

Microsoft released a new set of developer tools Monday meant to ease the creation of games for the next version of the company’s Xbox video game console. Developers could use the same XNA tools to create games for Windows PCs, the current Xbox and future versions of the console, Microsoft promised. The new systems will be capable of creating images many times more detailed than current game machines, meaning developers will have to produce much more code. Microsoft expect XNA to eliminate enough detail work from the development process that studios can keep development budgets for Xbox 2 titles roughly on par with Xbox games.