The public beta for Microsoft's easy-peasy game-making tool Kodu has been released on PC.
Dubbed the Technical Preview, this is available to anybody for free right now. The hope is that schools and educational facilities will snap this up.
You may remember Kodu being released for a few quid on Xbox Live's Indie Games Channel last year. That's because it was.
Microsoft Research's Kodu Game Lab has launched on the Xbox Live Community Games channel.
It costs 400 Microsoft Points (GBP 3.40 / 4.80) and grants the tools to build - quickly and simply - the game of one's dreams. A bit like LittleBigPlanet, but without the restriction of building within an existing game's framework.
There are over 200 different programming features to pick, an image-based creator to prettify with, and the ability to share your creations with any Xbox Live friend.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 game-creation game Kodu will launch at the end of this month, according to the official blog.
Kodu lead programmer Matt MacLaurin reckons we all have "fifteen minutes of sheer brilliant genius", and that by unlocking game development for the masses our industry will begin its important big next step.
Microsoft used its presentation at the Consumer Electronics Game Show yesterday to reveal Kodu, an easy-to-use game-creation package that will be released on the Xbox Live Community Games Channel in the spring.
Kodu can be operated with just an Xbox 360 controller, and to demonstrate its ease of use, a 12 year-old joined Xbox boss Robbie Bach on stage to demo it.
A graphical interface allows you to put together "action-reaction" programming commands based on simple concepts "like vision, hearing and time". You'll be able to piece together game-style "playgrounds" from 200 or so building blocks, or tinker with preloaded levels.