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MS planning Xbox handheld

MS planning Xbox handheld

Microsoft's Shane Kim has hinted that Microsoft may be planning an Xbox handheld for the future.

Microsoft's Shane Kim has confirmed that the company is definitely interested in making an Xbox handheld gaming device, and that it's just a matter of when the best time to launch such a product would be.

At the moment Microsoft is the only console manufacturer which doesn't also have a handheld platform, with traditional handheld market leader Nintendo dominating the arena with the Nintendo DS and DSi, and Sony on the verge of revitalising the PlayStation Portable with the new PSPgo. Apple has also been encroaching on the handheld platform too with the iPod Touch and iPhone, which have a growing number of brilliant, and cheap games.

In a recent interview with Kikizo though, Microsoft's Shane Kim said that it was only a matter of when until Microsoft launched it's own handheld console, saying that other projects are taking the limelight at the moment.

"For us, it's a matter of focusing on 'when', because if we chased after a mobile or handheld opportunity, we would not have the resources and ability to do things like... Project Natal."

"So we've chosen to focus on the living room experience from a hardware standpoint, if you will, but we're building a service in Live that will... will extend to other platforms. No question about it."

The comment is perhaps intended to hint to the rumoured integration of Live on the newer models of the firm's Zune music players, but let's hope that the system works better there than it does on some other platforms. The version of Live which has been rolled out to PCs hasn't met with the best of reactions and has even proven a hindrance to some gamers, like us.

Would you be interested in an Xbox handheld console (The Xbox 180, perhaps?) or are you happy with a different mobile gaming platform? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Xtrafresh 20th July 2009, 10:40 Quote
good plan, seeing as the XboX 360 is now being overtaken in computing power by most breakfast cereals

Handheld gaming platforms are obsolete anyway imho, there's phones that can do that and more just around the corner.
Gunsmith 20th July 2009, 11:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xtrafresh
good plan, seeing as the XboX 360 is now being overtaken in computing power by most breakfast cereals :rolleye:

actual LOL at that
simosaurus 20th July 2009, 12:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xtrafresh
good plan, seeing as the XboX 360 is now being overtaken in computing power by most breakfast cereals

lmao I burst out laughin at that;)
Aracos 20th July 2009, 15:34 Quote
As long as it's as hackable and more powerful than the PSP I'll be extremely happy to use it as my pocket emulator :D
Thacrudd 20th July 2009, 17:48 Quote
Yes, another $200 paperweight! Now you can take your RROD on-the-go! (can you tell I'm a bit miffed about my xbox?)
DXR_13KE 20th July 2009, 17:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Thacrudd
(can you tell I'm a bit miffed about my xbox?)

nope :p
perplekks45 20th July 2009, 18:58 Quote
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meh

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Zurechial 20th July 2009, 19:57 Quote
It'd be nice if they just tidied up the Winmo platform and encouraged companies like HTC to start making WinMo phones with decent hardware controls, faster CPUs and dedicated graphics chips.

Gaming on Winmo is limited to emulation and the typically-terrible mobile games, which is a silly waste of a functional, existing platform.

Of course it could be said that they've already missed the boat in that regard - WinMo phones have neither the desirability nor popularity of the iPhone or iPod Touch and they would have an uphill battle on their hands.

I still think it might be better than putting another dedicated handheld console on the market.
Maybe they could succeed where Nokia's n-gage failed?
HourBeforeDawn 20th July 2009, 20:24 Quote
hmm well I dont expect to have graphics of the 360 but if it has graphics of say the xbox or ps2 and could play your xbox games and what not then it might be worth it not sure, well I will wait and see before passing judgment.
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