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Why don’t console manufactures release a pubic sdk for last generation consoles? I own a xbox and a xbox 360 I don’t want to see my beloved xbox collecting dust in the corner, so why don’t Microsoft make a sdk that the average jo could use they could still charge a small amount and lets face homebrew games are still being made, so why don’t companies make a bit of money out of the hobby programmers. I would much rather pay £100 for a official sdk that use a open sources sdk. It would be a good idea but would it be possible and would they do it?

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Well for starters, documentation is iffy on alot of these things, the consulting microsoft provides is forceably very expensive, so they would have to apply alot more polish to get it ready for consumer use. Since the number of people who would purchase this are relatively low, it is not reasonable to expect them to produce a cheap version of the SDK.

Then you have the whole other angle of microsoft WANTING you to upgrade, so you can play the lastest COMMERCIAL games and make them MULAH.

then you have the matters of piracy,

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Well for starters, documentation is iffy on alot of these things, the consulting microsoft provides is forceably very expensive, so they would have to apply alot more polish to get it ready for consumer use. Since the number of people who would purchase this are relatively low, it is not reasonable to expect them to produce a cheap version of the SDK.

Then you have the whole other angle of microsoft WANTING you to upgrade, so you can play the lastest COMMERCIAL games and make them MULAH.

then you have the matters of piracy,


Yes but its is possible, when I say SDK I don’t mean the big xbox dev kits and debug boxes ect, I simply mean a piece of software for the computer, a way of transferring the data possibly via Ethernet and some form of update for the xbox to allow applications to work . It wouldn’t effect the 360 its simply would be making use of an old console. There doesn’t need to be xbox security info so I don’t think piracy would be much more of an issues than it already is.

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I don't know about Xbox, but PS2 has a bit of a homebrew community.


xbox has
http://www.xbdev.net
&
http://www.openxdk.org (sorry cant do clickys)

To make the links use < a href="linkaddresshere" >LINK TITLE HERE< /a > (without the spaces next to the < and >.

So, XBDev.net and OpenXDK.

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Console makers don't want to give you any incentive to do to anything other than buy their latest console and lots of games to go with it. They don't want you playing anything that they don't get a licensing fee out of on their current consoles. They don't want you playing anything that they don't get a licensing fee out of on their old consoles. They don't want you playing anything on their old consoles that might keep your attention away from playing games on their new consoles.

They make money when you buy licensed games and lots of 'em. They don't make money by facilitating homebrew, even if a few more people buy the console as a result.

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actually i think that's a wonderful idea. has many people program and want to do game programming in their own spare time. selling limited SDKs would be a good way to get extra value from your machine and still have the product in circulation. nostalgia is the lifeline of the video game industry. as the Lounge has proven [grin]

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I recently purchased a PS2-Linux kit that allows you to program the PS2 drectly through the use of an external hard drive pre-loaded with linux.

I havnt had time to play with it yet but if your in education you can get it for 99 Euros.

check out http://playstation2-linux.com/

Ste

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how can they still make money out of a dead console?


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They don't want you playing anything on their old consoles that might keep your attention away from playing games on their new consoles.


From their point of view, extending the lifespan of an old console (especially through software that they wont get a licensing fee out of, i.e. homebrew) is unacceptable when they have a new console and games out.

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how can they still make money out of a dead console?

umm just FYI the original XBox is far from dead and will have games selling building residual income for years and years to come.

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how can they still make money out of a dead console?

umm just FYI the original XBox is far from dead and will have games selling building residual income for years and years to come.


Aye. You'd probably be hard pressed to get a completely new Xbox game signed now, but there are still lots of projects in development, that should keep the console's portfolio expanding for a good couple of years.

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