Zune Shipping with Interesting Processor

We'd just about crossed Zune off our radar gaming-wise until Think Secret, the popular Apple insider website that's been the source of numerous lawsuits because of its well-kept sources, revealed more details about Microsoft's audio visual device. You can read through Think Secret's likely on-target (considering their track record) anonymous information comparing Zune to the iPod, but the most interesting nugget comes from details on Zune's internal 400 Mhz DPS processor. Microsoft's bundling far more power than what's needed for audio and video feedback, so what could be up their sleeves?

With Zune coming out of the Xbox team, games are, of course, the first guess, though we're hard pressed to find a reason for Microsoft to release a device that's meant to enter the same market as PSP and Nintendo DS. Something powerful enough to connect with Live Anywhere and run Xbox Live Arcade, titles, however, seems far more likely.

shotty6524d ago

I think it might have a MSN mobile or something with live anywhere. Microsoft actually has a reason to include wireless since they have alot of other products it can connect with including the xbox 360. Apple wouldn'y really make sense. I perdict that xbox live arcade game would be play over the zune and since it's saved with your gamertag you won't have to pay for games you already bought on your x360. Or maybe the zune will run at a high resolution so it needs the extra power to run it.

Sphinx6524d ago

it plays Xbox Live games... Zuma, Geometry Wars... that would be sweet.

shotty6524d ago

Zuma, Frogger and the other retro ya. But geometry wars is really hardware intersive it's cook warps in the back ground. It would have to be a simplyfied version that MS would offer over the network. I can see Microsoft creating a Cellular data network in therfuture maybe have it full wifi, that would be truely live anywhere.

Marty83706523d ago

Zune sucks.what a stupid name.

HyperBear6523d ago

go choke on your portable piece of sh!t. If this Zune (change the name please) is able to play games, like Xbox games, like say oh Halo, then im srry, but PSP, will be blown in the sh!ter yet again. I know its not all about Halo for everything, but when you think about it, if this thing does have a 400Mhz processor, its got to to do something else than video and music. I say prolly either Xbox games, or Xbox Live arcade games. But yea, they need to change the name, ill agree with that. Oh, and I have a PSP, but i use it only for music, and video, use my Nin. DS for games.

Fuzz McDeath6523d ago

Yeah - that's a great name, its not even a pod....shoot, if the thing holds as much music as an ipod, has a nice user interface, has a decent music store - PLUS all of the music is compatible with my 360 and it is wireless, then I'll definately be getting one of these instead of another ipod...

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The DevGAMM conference is returning to Lisbon (Portugal) on November 14th, 2024

"Following a great event in November of last year, DevGAMM Lisbon is coming back to the beautiful and sunny Cascais region to catch up with old friends, connect with game developers from around the world, hear from seasoned professionals, and have a great time all around." - DevGAMM.

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Why Indie Games Fail To Keep Their Place In The Spotlight

A look into the sad trajectory of indie games from high successful releases to complete irrelevancy in just a few weeks or months.

shaenoide8h ago

Easy not enough developpers to add content to the game (palworld)

Profchaos7h ago

That's the thing with gaming there's always new experiences to have why spend months or years playing a single game when there's a new experience right around the corner.

Indie or AAA if your building your game expecting long term player counts you'll probably be disappointed as gamers often enjoy something for a few weeks and move on only to return if it's truely a classic.

Out of all the generations I've experienced there's games from 30 plus years ago I still dust off and play like super Mario bros, earthbound, vice city and san Andreas being games I treasure and revisit every few years but I'm not going back to play a game designed to keep me engaged for months on end because it's also designed to milk my wallet in most cases.

Build a great game that people love make it playable offline and ask does it matter if the concurrent player count is under 100 a year post launch more often that not it doesn't

P_Bomb4h ago

The price of entry is too high to take chances like I used to. Was looking at V Rising and that ranges from $50-$130 CAD. That’s a lot for an indie imo. By the time it goes on sale, the player count might be dwindling. But that’s the trade-off, I guess.

Si-Fly1h ago

I’m glad my preference is single player experiences, Indie devs got me covered 👊🏻

Flewid63812m ago

Indie devs dont make multiplayer games?

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Moving In My 30s Made Me Nostalgic For Physical Games

GL: "Staff writer Shaz reflects on his small library of physical games he's kept throughout the decades, and how a recent move made him nostalgic."

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Sciurus_vulgaris1d 21h ago

I lost my drive for collecting physical games due to many discs lacking the whole complete game. Instead, of collecting games I started collected figurines.

Popsicle20h ago

I am a collector have a room dedicated with a couple original arcade cabinets, physical game library, old and new consoles and controllers backlit with LED lighting. It’s very cool to have but with emulation being so strong and prevalent, I sometimes feel foolish because the hobby is expensive and like another said, the full game is not always on the disc. Could probably spend more wisely but I enjoy it.

shinoff21835h ago

Most games are usually on disc still. Of course you got you publishers that are hit and miss, Activision, ubisoft, ea, Microsoft, where the rest of the game needs downloaded.