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Courtesy of Pilot Online
Microsoft has its sights on bringing gaming to its handheld

Microsoft has confirmed its plans to feature video games on the Zune by 2008. This feature will be launched in 18 months to compete with Apple's iPod's ability to support games.

This need for adaptation comes from Zune sales dropping in the music player market. In its first week of launch, Microsoft sold captured a respectable 9% of the MP3 player market, landing it in second place in the holiday consumer device rush. Zune sales dropped to fifth place the following week. 

If Microsoft offers popular games for the Zune, while allowing for wireless gaming, it will throw the Zune into the competitive market with devices such as Sony's PSP, and Nintendo's DS. Also, with the device's 3-inch display, it is already adequate to handle gaming.

Adding video games is just one of the features Microsoft plans on adding to the Zune. The company announced that it wanted to add wireless video sharing and possibly fuse the device with a phone -- just minutes after the announcement of Apple's new gadget, the iPhone.

Microsoft's projected goal of 1 million sales in its first seven months.



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Other Zune Devices...
By Exodus220 on 1/9/2007 5:41:11 PM , Rating: 2
I think that Microsoft would benefit greatly from having other Zune devices of differing storage size. Not everyone needs 30+ gigabytes to hold their music on the go. Heck, I think the Nano is the coolest iPod on the market. SanDisk and Creative have several flash based players that compete with that section of the market, and some cost quite a bit less than Apples offerings. So come up with more than just one device and I am sure that Microsoft will have a stronger position. Gaming is not going to help all that much...because who goes out to buy a $250 mp3 player to play games like PacMan on?




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