The Independent: "Why taking the lucrative step of opening up its suite of ready-made downloadable XBLA content for on-the-go gamers is the logical choice for Microsoft."
No need for them to enter the portable gaming market.because it wouldn't get any support in Japan MS is doing fine without a portable unit.
Competition is always good but in this case I don't think Microsoft will be able to compete against Sony and Nintendo. Heck, they can't even release a good number of exclusives for their home console, and I think it's a really important element.
I am an avid Xbox user and I concur with this comment. Their lack of exclusives is really disappointing. What, Halo? Oh, okay, that's one. What else, that is EXCLUSIVE and ONLY available on Xbox 360 is coming out in the next 12-18 months? I don't play my PS3 as much as I'd love to, but their range of exclusives has raised the bar and Microsoft aren't doing anything to try and close that gap. They're more worried about entertainment on Xbox LIVE and not first-party games. With a handheld device, leave it to Sony, Nintendo and Apple. Microsoft have the WP7, which can play games, but they are just as good, if not better on other devices. Have you tried playing Angry Birds on a WP7? Have you even seen how much they sell it for? Only in the last week have they brought the cost of Angry Birds to be equal with the price on iTunes. Microsoft should stick to their entertainment hub and Windows OS, while concentrating on a mobile platform that is not going to get any better. Again, I say that I am an avid Xbox user. I love my Xbox to bits, but Microsoft have made it hard for hardcore Xbox fans to enjoy what they have done to what was once an amazing console and online service. *phew*
MS should stick to home consoles/PC/phones/tablets.... .
Maybe once they get better at phones/tablets. If they can't even get better at those, why the heck would making a handheld do any better?
If they wanna throw money down a pit. The Handheld gaming market is more crowded than ever, with smart phones and tablet devices. It'll take a lot more than a 3DS/Vita part deux, to convince the masses into buying a new handheld gaming device.
"If they wanna throw money down a pit." dude this MS we are talking about the same corp that spent 500,000,000 on Kinect. If MS wants this to happen all they have to do is take some petty cash form the M$ vault and its done. It would dumb for MS to release a portable this gen because it is almost done - next gen is more profitable and they can implement project ego system into the handheld.
Though the Kinect is a successful device (which makes your point, moot).
It would be an honor to see Microsoft dive head 1st into portable gaming. An Xbox mini would probably be a beautiful platform and the 1st to provide Nintendo handhelds with much needed stiff competition. Just as Kinect is providing for the Nintendo Wii entertainment system. It would be a day one purchase for me and millions of others. It would likely support most Xbox Live arcade titles and most importantly Halo on the go. It will likely be shunned in Japan, but its been proven that the Xbox brand does not need Japan to live a successful life. So yes I believe that the Xbox brand should expand into the realm of portable gaming. Xbox live would also be intigrated properly with care, so that way Microsoft can live up to the old promise of "Live Anywhere" that has been swept under the rug. Once again, day one purchase. Rated E For Everyone
I would love to see it, but I look at the PS3 and the Vita and wonder how Microsoft can literally fuck up that connection. Sony's consoles work well together. Even though I don't agree with some things, you don't hear many complaints. I download my Vita demos from the PSN Store, from the PS3 and then transfer them to my Vita. Now imagine if Microsoft had something similar... DRM would kill it before the handheld's battery dies.
Much needed stiff competition? Yeah, okay. Cuz a fledgling handheld venture would be a success. That makes slightly more sense than Titanz above stating that the handheld market is being crowded by mobile devices(sorry, but that is and always will be laughable). A handheld NEEDS to be a success in Japan. For one, they buy up more than any other region. For another, exactly where the hell do you think all the best selling handheld games are made? It certainly ain't here in the West. And if Japan's not making any games for it, no matter who made it, the handheld will die. Day 1 purchase for a suspect piece of hardware that would lack games- MS doesn't have the first party studios, and third party support would be iffy since, as I said, they'd need support from Japan to be truly successful- is idiotic. And what would it do? What would it bring to the table that you don't get from the 3DS or Vita? Halo, Gears, Forza, and Fable? That's it? What about features? What unique approach to handheld gaming would this Microsoft handheld bring? Live? Pay to play anything you own online? I'll pass. Please. Instead of just spouting whatever you want, actually THINK about this stuff for a second, would you?
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I dont think entering the handheld business would be wise. Competition from smartphones is tough and Nintendo is the top dog. Moreobver they have no real experience when it comes to portable gaming, Sony already have some with the PSP and look at how the Vita's performing.
The portable market is cut throat and I doubt there's room for a third "gaming" device. There's barely room for two. MS needs to focus on their WP7 and perhaps making that the portable gaming device that has games, a phone and can be more integrated with 360. They had a tech demo a while back where a person could play a game on 360 and another person could join that game on their wp7, what happened to that?
pay to play online for mobile? no thanks. I am sure it will be all about the camera on it.
I don't think my sanity can take it anymore. I thought portable gaming consoles were doomed to hell because of smartphones and tablets? Now we are getting Microsoft should join the party articles.
They have Games for Window available on WP7 which has live integration. Granted it doesn't include the full library of games. The main problem with cell gaming is the lack of support controllers. If more bluetooth controller were available people could sit the games down on a stand and play while traveling or at home. It is the only thing really stopping me from getting the higher end games on mobile. PhonyJoy is the closest there is right now but it costs way to much. Controllers should not cost more than $30, except for those crazy custom ones.
no thanks xbox fanboys.
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