Whilst question marks remain over Microsoft’s intentions to make a gaming machine of its MP3 player Zune, the Xbox platform holder IS planning a foray into the handheld gaming space, according to corporate VP Shane Kim.
When asked about a possible Microsoft handheld, Kim told Kikizo: 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 extend to other platforms. No question about it.
So the question will be, how do we enter into that market. Do we do our own device? Do we create our own phone? That’s a question for the company itself. Do we continue to go down the Windows Mobile path which is that path that we’re on today?
But believe me, we understand the importance of that device in people’s lives.”