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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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18 months!?
By Supa on 1/9/2007 5:47:09 PM , Rating: 3
These two sentences do not make sense together.

"This feature will be launched in 18 months to compete with Apple's iPod's ability to support games."

"With Microsoft's projected goal of 1 million sales in it s first seven months, this new feature puts it one step closer to reaching that humble goal."

With ipod updating yearly, in a year and half, ipod (which refreshed last year) will be 2 generations updated. Zune will be updated too. Why would consumer buy the original Zune now for features that won't be available for 18 months? Assuming it can play games as intended for the future gaming feature.


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