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Microsoft Not Interested in Making Portable Gaming Devices, Focused on Windows Phone 7

June 13, 2011 No Comments

For some time now many have wondered if Microsoft would release a portbale gaming device just as Sony and Nintendo have done. Microsoft has decided against portable gaming devices, and instead have chosen to focus on games for Windows Phone 7.

In a discussion with Pocket-Lint Dennis Durkin, Microsoft’s chief operating and financial officer of the company’s Interactive Entertainment Business said

“In a term of a dedicated handheld there are questions of the viability of that business model.”

“People have been asking for a long time about handhelds. It’s a really interesting time in that market. Look at the Nintendo 3DS, it’s been a slower start than analysts and others had expected, but it’s a super-competitive space. Any dedicated portable device like a camera, or a portable gaming device like the 3DS has a tough time.”

“They are very challenging markets as phones have got smarter, and we’ve chosen to make our bed around the phone instead and add Xbox Live services to Windows Phone 7 instead.”

I know that there are many who will be disappointed by this news but I think it’s great that they want to focus on making the gaming experience for Windows Phoen 7. The Xbox Live integration is one of the many reasons I love my Windows PHone 7 and if it continues to be their main focus in terms of portable gaming there is no telling the types of games we will eventually be able to play on our phones!

Source: Pocket-Lint





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