Beta 1 of Microsoft’s free XNA Game Studio Express product should be available for download later today.
If you haven’t already got started you’ll need to download the following bits first:
- Visual Studio C# Express (Visual Studio 2005 works for compilation but some of the plug-ins etc. aren’t yet working with it)
- Direct X SDK (August 2006)
- XInput Driver for Microsoft Common Controller (wired controllers only, not wireless+cable)
Then sign up for the beta and come hang out in the IRC channel #xna on irc.quakenet.org.