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  1. XNA 5

    Please continue to work on XNA. It's a great way for indie game developers like myself to make games and give them to the world. XNA gave us the ability to put our games, easily, on the most popular platforms, and to just dump XNA would be therefor heartbreaking... I implore you to keep working on XNA so we C# developers can still make amazing games!

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      16 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Better audio APIs for musician apps/tools

      If we could get better support in the XNA libraries for some of these audio functions, it would open up some cool opportunities to develop apps for musicians. Couple of things I do regularly with my band that I’d love to do with my phone (currently not possible with the API set on the phone):
      1) Adjust pitch during playback for songs in my media library (example: single might use this to find a better key to perform a song). Today, I have to pull the songs into something like Reaper, change the key, export it back out, sync to…

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        5 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Xbox Live Gamertag API Acess

        It would be really cool if developers could get api access to Xbox Live Gamertags, that way they don't have to make users create a new account just to play multiplayer games. It would also help a lot for leaderboards too.

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          3 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Controlling players implementing Background Audio

          Currently, I can detect and control what the embedded Zune player is currently playing.
          The same can't be done with 3rd party apps implementing background audio streaming like soundtracker etc.

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            1 comment  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • MediaPlayer support for BackgroundAudioAgent

            In trying to develop a custom playlist application, it is apparent that it is impossible to integrate the BackgroudAudioPlayer with the XNA.MediaLibrary. This means that applications that wish to use the capabilities of the BackgroundAgent are restricted to using only local audio files that are deployed with teh application, or audio streaming sources. There is no way to access the phone's MediaLibray.Songs to have the BAP play these files in teh background. This is highly restrictive because we can only use the MediaPlayer for foreground applications. Unless of course we go with a predetermined SongCollection such as SongCollection limitedPlaylist =…

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              3 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Enable in-game video playback

              Allow video to be treated as an object, such as Texture2D, so that it can be sized, positioned and incorporated into gameplay.

              49 votes
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                0 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide Song Name for MediaPlayer.Queue.Activesong for Zune Streamed Music

                Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Media.MediaPlayer.Queue.Activesong populates the .Artist property for music *streamed* from Zune, but not the .Name property, so devs can't know what song is playing. Marketplace policy requires music apps to populate both properties, so Zune should do this, too.

                32 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 29 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Provide full [physical] access to Music Library

                    Hello there,

                    I actually didn't know where to post it, so I chose to post it where the original access API exists. It's very much about Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Media.MediaLibrary class. And if you'd ask me what I personally think of it, you'd simply have to censor almost everything. The languages of man, dwarves and elves don't have the vulgarism to describe this thing.

                    BECAUSE IT'S THE MOST ANNOYING THING YOU EVER DID!

                    It's so pointlessly limited that I, as a developer, can't simply make a good music player app.

                    1. No access to all ID3/ID3v2/Vorbis/etc tags, so if I wanted to provide…

                    27 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Microphone sampling frequency should be controlled. Now it is fixed.

                      Microphone sampling frequency is fixed. So Microphone.SampleRate property just returns this fixed value. For example the HTC Mozart microphone sample frequency is fixed as 16000 Hz. It isn't useful for several intersting application.

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                        0 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 18 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 18 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Texture coordinate transform for Effects

                            Texture coordinate transforms are not exposed for any effects that can be used by the Reach profile even though this is something the GPU can probably do cheaply.

                            9 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Have System.Windows.Controls.MediaElement use XNA.Framework.Media.MediaLibrary to access songs

                              Since Microsoft will NOT add a SetPosition function in the XNA.Framework.Media.MediaPlayer. Could they allow an MediaElement use the XNA MediaLibrary to play songs that are on your phone? This would give developers the ability to set the position of a audio file. Right now you must add the songs to the project to use them. Which is very annoying. This should be basic functionality. Every other smart phone OS SDK has this ability.

                              7 votes
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                              • Add Songs in MediaPlayer.Queue programmatically

                                I wish you add the capability to Add or Remove MediaLibrary.Songs or modify current MediaPlayer.Queue via code. This feature could bring the capability for create better music player to put in the marketplace.

                                3 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add more properties similar to LastPlayed and CreatedDate/AddedDate to Song Class.

                                  Hi
                                  Please extend Song Class with more useful properties such as LastPlayedDate, AddedDate. And optimize SongCollection to support similar filters. These properties will allow developers to introduce many useful features such as Auto playlists, and it'll also help xbox team to bring back "Recently Added" feature.

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Proper examples for XNA in vb. i.e how to programatically move bones in a 3D model

                                    Proper examples for XNA in vb.
                                    i.e. how to programmatically move bones in a 3D model

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                                    • 我只想说 你们这个zune太失败了

                                      我只想说 你们这个zune太失败了 没事弄什么自动同步 文件夹同步 这不是让用户不自在吗 还有这个应用商店 真蛋疼啊 好不容易翻到第十几页 安装个软件又跳回到第一页 让我哪还有耐心再找其它软件 还有那个右上角的软件图片 你们就不能把它独立出来放在界面上固定一下 偏偏要随着滚动条滚动不见 你们是怎么想的?做过测试吗 就这还研究用户习惯 讲什么用户体验?还有那个返回按钮 错误百出 总是跳错页 求答复

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                                      • XNA universal apps

                                        Universal apps are great. XNA is great. Unfortunately it's only available for windows phone.

                                        It would be great to make great games using XNA that can be played on Windows Phone and Windows Store apps.

                                        I want to be able to take my WP games to Windows Store.

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