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Ziff-Davis survey hints at MS handheld

Ziff-Davis media, the company behind the 1UP Network website and it's related print publications, recently distributed a survey to subscribers of their various brands (1UP, EGM and Games for Windows Magazine). Question 8 of the survey asked whether or not the subscriber was interested in an Xbox handheld gaming device, asking them to rate it from Very Likely to Not at All and Don't Know for the indecisive bunch.

While we've heard rumblings of a Microsoft branded handheld device (Read: Not the Zune) and even Shane Kim won't "say never," we wonder how well anyone could do in a market dominated by Nintendo. Now we're not saying that the Z-D survey is confirmation that it could happen, there is a likelihood that Microsoft is looking for information on the acceptance of such a device. According to a poll on our Mama Bear site Joystiq, they should stick to the Xbox 360.

[Via Joystiq]

Zune gets games ... in 2008

Yesterday at CES, Zune Boards received some insider information about Microsoft's mobile gaming plans from Xbox rockstar Peter Moore. Moore told the press that the Zune would be able to play video games on its extra wide screen in the future, but no sooner than July 2008. If the current Zune model is what they're thinking of using to play games, then damned if we won't be jaded. We were thinking more along the lines of an actual stand alone portable to play games ... not an MP3 player with limited input devices. Maybe this is a stepping stone to what may bloom into a full fledged Xbox portable gaming system, but something we wouldn't see for years to come. So Mr. Zune, we've realized that you aren't our Xboy. Yes it's hard, but it would be best if we just went out seperate ways.

[Via Engadget]

Zune integrating gaming? Xboy rumors resurface

Remember all those rumblings before the Zune came out? You know, the rumors that Microsoft was creating an Xboy, a portable version of the Xbox. Well, there is no Xboy, but we did get a musical MP3 player (that is crazy cool in brown form)! But yesterday, in an exclusive interview with TVG, entertainment chief Chris Lewis spilled the beans on what the future of the Zune may lend itself to. Lewis commented on the possibility that the Zune will turn into a gaming device, stating:

Looking ahead, the vision for connected entertainment provides a number of consumer scenarios and with our heritage in Xbox and Games for Windows, gaming is certainly something we're considering for the device.

Have our Xboy dreams received some legs to run on or will this nasty tease simply end in broken hearts and an empty bottle of Jack? No matter, the Zune brand should eventually lend itself to playing at least some XBLA games or becoming a full fledged gaming device. We'll see ... but until then we're leaving the case of the missing Xboy officially open.

Xbox Handheld idea? Send it to this guy

Inspired by the Team Xbox article "Xbox Portable Explored," reader Curtis Baker has created a blog devoted solely to the much anticipated Xbox handheld -- which will likely tie in with the new Zune brand. The site basically serves as a public repository for user created designs for the mystery device. It looks like the site only opened a couple weeks ago, and, as such, the entries are a little thin so far. So, send this guy some designs and let's get this party started. If you've got a great design, send us a link and we'll feature it right here on X360F. Hint: UMDs are out, QWERTY keyboards are in.

Our dream device: WiFi, touch screen, analog sticks, microphone, Live Anywhere, and 30 gigs of delicious hard drive. Please, somebody out there with mad design skillz, make it happen.

Microsoft working on xPod [update 1]

Reuters has reported the altogether not shocking news that Microsoft is hard at work on a device to combat the iPod. Naturally, Microsoft hopes to beat Apple with better software. In reference to the upcoming competition between iTunes and Microsoft's new service, a source said:

"They [Microsoft] have been developing technologies that have really good music discovery and community, iTunes is the 7-11 (of music stores). You don't hang out there."

Could this be the truth behind the much rumored Xboy? As there is still no concrete evidence of the xPod's existence, I took the liberty of throwing together a concept sketch of what it might look like.

Would you buy an xPod over an iPod?

Update 1: Read link now directs to the actual Reuters article.

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