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Microsoft to offer Xbox 360 dev kit for $100?

Xbox 360There's a rumor about that later today at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose Microsoft will announce the availability of a game development kit for the Xbox 360 that anybody may buy for $100. That would be fantastic news for small, independent developers who want to break into the console market, and I think it would make perfect business sense for Microsoft. But I'm not sure I believe it. I think that eventually the big console manufacturers are going to have to come around to the fact that indie developers and the homebrew scene are going to be around whether they like it or not, and offering cheap development kits is probably one of the best ways to turn that in their favor, but somehow I just can't see Microsoft being this proactive. If they do indeed make such an announcement later today, I rather expect it to be many-strings-attached, but I've got my fingers crossed for the contrary.

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