Today's Seattle Times article goes far beyond Bloomberg's report of an "iPod rival" from Microsoft. Citing a "source close to the project," columnist Brier Dudley wrote, "…This is more than just another MP3 player. It will also compete with game players from Sony and Nintendo that have long had Wi-Fi and work as media players, Internet terminals and communication devices."
The revelation comes just days after a Bloomberg report that outlined Allard's supposed portable media player plans. That report made no direct mention of games compatibility for the music and media player, which Bloomberg expected to launch by Christmas this year. Dudley reiterated that the device is planned to launch by the holidays, although that may be a difficult goal, he said.