Microsoft Planning to Drop XNA and Perhaps DirectX


An internal email from Microsoft that has been leaked to the press, is suggesting that the software giant plans to drop its XNA development framework over the next few years and even is keen for companies to move away from using DirectX as the technology is "no longer evolving."

"The purpose of the communication is to share information regarding the retirement of XNA/DirectX as a Technical Expertise," reads the email (via CVG). It goes on to say that currently the XNA Game Studio is not in active development and that DirectX has halted in its progress.

It's not really known at this point why Microsoft is looking to phase out two of its most successful and popular developmental technologies. However, it could well be because there is a sequel to one or the other (or both) currently in the works. This is mere speculation at this point, but it would certainly be interesting to see the PC gaming keystone, DirectX, disappear for good.

Another rumour associated with this is that the removal of XNA, could mean Microsoft doesn't plan to support indie gaming for much longer and perhaps means on the next-gen system, or new iteration of Xbox Live, it could remove indie game support. This seems unlikely however as the growth of indie titles has generated huge amounts of income for Microsoft, through popular titles like Bastion.

So what do you guys think this sounds like? A move into the future, or Microsoft circling its wagons in a similar fashion to Windows 8?

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Holy ****, that is the most incoherent, improperly punctuated & improperly spelled rant of 100% complete truth that I've ever laughed my *** off to. So poorly done & well done at the same time!

last nail to the coffin

It started off trying to force users to use vista when people were happy with XP by withholding direct x 10 from them that gave way for apple to **** all over microsoft. Then microsoft quickly released windows 7, the quiet company was very loud recently. XP was out for ages, then came vista then hardly any time passed and 7 was out and literally overnight 8 was out. Windows OS was suppose to be a long commitment, but they are doing a apple, adobe and capcom and other bloatware miking producers on us. flooding us with ****, picture setting up windows properly to work best with your advanced features now having to change it again and again. people just want a OS that does what they need it to, they don't give a **** about desktop wallpaper, unless your a casual mommy; most of us advance users turn off the eye candy and have max performance for our games or productivity suites. recent years microsoft have been copying everyone else and not innovating, maybe its because of Mr Patel from india who just came out with a fresh degree who is influencing the top brass to take up cornershop tactics and make everything into bloatware. patel recently left from his call centre telling you "nonononono, i am tellin yooou to sign upf saar" with his bad english and cheesy accent, ************ cant speak english!!, their roadmap is full of ****, they just want to be employed for the next decade. they just want to be relevant, computer sales are all time low, intel and others are getting it up the *** they wanted to monopolise the market, now their killing it. Graphics companies are single handedly causing global warming, my overcloked quad SLI sits there at 70 C making a lot of noise heating up the house idleing, and when full processsing the graphics looks like badly shaven pinocchio's stiff wood arms WTF technology? no rip off **** that fills up the whole computer case. 2013 and they make **** like this, no alien will strike cuz we are like a mad house. Graphics card at 100 MHZ released. 6 months later they overclock that same **** to 120 MHZ and charge me more too. Then again now clocked at 130 MHZ WTF. I can do that **** myself with expert tool as for india and china the emerging markets, their pirating everything anyway, so no billions for microsoft. now that we got our OS, who needs them? we got everything, time to see them go! their cloud and 4k res and iphone 10, ipad 8, windows 50 WTF other bullshit are as pointless as early morning toilet time. is it just me or is there a update for firefox every 15 hours? what version are we on? 18, **** shame the aliens didn't get us and finish this nonsense off, besides most MS employees are pedophiles and drunken retards who are high all the time, when cloud computing gets big, i want some ******* hacker somewhere to make a "clear skies" virus and the dumb consumer can be ****** for being lazy, he should get his *** out. clouds are stupid, whos ghonna leave all that personal details on some **** cloud with those servers being ****** all the time, like sony got ****** recently and eharmony, i guess that shows where your lovelife is going. facebook retards may do it cuz they want friends they are like loneliy, fat, ugly, sad, retarded, poor, mental, disablied, anitsocial, withdrawen, weak minded, idotc, moronic, ADD, Schizo, SHEEPISH, trend-following, wannabe, envious, greedy fat essex cows from ***** call in shows with sagging orang-utan **** and whatnot like lucy the monkey......please add more to this list. I'll leave you with this; may the bunch of you get cancer in your balls get aids and die. also don't make the same mistake you dad made, use contraceptions and raincoats and stop filling the world with spastic babies and teach your dauthers to shave everywhere, use underarm deoderant, dress properly and learn some manners like how to speak properly and femininely, i hate girls talking like guys in the pub after a few drinks. and **** aid to africa, they got too much aids and they are producing like rats so **** them, give them the old raincoat. till next time. bye y'all

Hahaha I love it how their

Hahaha I love it how their post started off as quite an intelligent and interesting read, then it went downhill into racism and aliens and insults of the general population. Kudos to you dear anonymous. also my captcha: rough diamond

i read it mate. and i agree

i read it mate. and i agree with most of it. they should drop the racist comments tho... and also, global warming is a scam. also, i couldn't help but notice their frequent comments on aliens. on a side note though, direct x always sucked imo. opengl is a much better platform for games, and non games too, and is multiplatform. for anyone interested, check out defectivebydesign dot org ...also, type global warming scam into your fave search engine and have a read....

Global warming denialism is a

Global warming denialism is a load of conspiracy theory rubbish. Global warming is a FACT. America had its HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD in 2012; the vast majority of the scientific community agree that global warming is occurring due to man. How many peer reviewed papers indicate that global warming is not happening? You'll be lucky to find ONE in the past 5 years. So to your accusation; who is being scammed? Who is doing the scamming? And to what benefit? Is the entire scientific community in on it? And if so, how does that slip through the scientific peer review process? Rubbish.

Seeing XNA go is sad - Dan

Seeing XNA go is sad - Dan from Zombie Cow wrote about the move months ago. There were fears support would be dropped by Windows 8 which thankfully didn't resolve. Most of the developers who used XNA have jumped ship to things like Unity or microsoft-independent libraries.

wrong again megagames

as usual the facts given here by megagames is wrong.. they are not dropping directx and it is in fact going just as strong as usual. the real info on what has been said by microsoft can be found over where the info is rarely ever wrong.


I assume that he is talking about the article. It says that "After freaking out the gaming community with an email that seemed to signal the end of DirectX, Microsoft is now assuring everyone that DirectX is alive and well. The Microsoft XNA toolset is what’s being cut loose." I can't really blame you for being confused the though, for whatever reason it seems that the other poster found it too hard to copy and paste and put a clear sentence together. Here is the link to the article "

Well now I see why he couldn

Well now I see why he couldn't tell you where the proof was, megagames removed the name of the other website from my post as-well as the link to the site. Now I am going to proceed flooding the post section with the name of the other site. You guys here that run megagames should really correct your stories when they are wrong... especially if you aren't going to allow us users correct them ourselves.

I agree

Moving to OpenGL would also push Linux versions of games a bit imo. Not sure if MS would want this but it would be nice from a gamers point of view.

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