Microsofts Hints About Xbox 2 FeaturesMicrosoft is taking its battle with Sony to game developers, hoping to woo them away from the gaming industry leader with a new suite of tools designed to make building video games cheaper and easier. The company will today unveil the software development platform that will drive the next-generation of Xbox, as well as future PC games. Dubbed XNA, the suite of tools will let developers skip writing boilerplate code that often bogs down the time it takes to create a game, said Microsoft in a statement. "Software will be the single most important force in digital entertainment over the next decade," said Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and chief software architect, in a statement. "XNA underscores Microsofts commitment to the game industry and our desire to work with partners to take the industry to the next level."