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Microsoft to Talk Developing Metro Style Game for Windows 8 at GDC 2012; Xbox 360 System Update Rolls Out

Microsoft announced that on Tuesday, March 6th from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, the company will be holding a session at the Game Developers Conference to introduce developers to the future of games and entertainment using its various platforms, including Windows 8.

Microsoft talking Windows 8 gaming at GDC 2012

Microsoft says, the primary audience for this Developer Day is professional developers who build games and entertainment applications for Xbox 360 and Kinect, Windows 8, Windows Phone, and the web. They’ll be doing deep dives on Xbox LIVE and Windows 8, where you can learn about how you can take advantage of Microsoft’s vision for connected entertainment.

“Developers will learn about the new Windows 8 Metro style application platform and new Xbox LIVE services that deliver breakthrough entertainment experiences across all of Microsoft’s entertainment platforms,” mentions Microsoft.

Some of the sessions that Microsoft will hold during its GDC Developer Day include:

  • Entertainment Reimagined
  • Developing a Great Metro Style Game for Windows 8
  • The Making of Metro Style Marble Maze
  • Async Gaming
  • Xbox LIVE on Windows 8 Deep Dive
  • Xbox LIVE Services – Entertainment Powered by the Cloud
  • Game Data Anywhere Using Xbox LIVE Cloud Storage
  • Asynchronous Gaming with Xbox LIVE Services
  • Connecting Xbox LIVE Web Games with Xbox LIVE Services

You can get more information about the Microsoft Developer Day by going to the GDC Tutorials page.

Xbox 360 System Update brings performance

Also, Microsoft has just released a system update for the Xbox 360 over Xbox LIVE. This update will increase performance.

Also, in this update, Microsoft is “providing a fix to a color issue that some were experiencing, and it will be immediately notable in the dashboard. The fix is also being applied by partners to their apps on Xbox LIVE, which we expect to roll out over the coming months,” mentions Microsoft.

“Starting today when you sign in to Xbox LIVE you’ll receive a prompt to accept this mandatory update. If you are signed into LIVE already, you may be signed out and asked to accept the update and you’ll be back online in a few moments,” Microsoft posted.

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