Microsoft Comments on Portable Xbox
In a story run by Kikizo recently, Microsofts corporate VP, Shane Kim, dropped some interesting quotes on the possibility of entering the handheld games market.
In the interview, Kim described the situation as "matter of focusing on when" and pointed out the importance of Microsofts Live Anywhere service, describing it as "connective tissue" between players and differing platforms. "We talked about Live Anywhere a few years ago. Live is the connective tissue. Youre starting to see that now - we integrate Netflix, we integrate Facebook, we integrate Twitter - because we understand that customers dont want an island experience, they want to be connected to the rest of their lives."
This led to the question of an Xbox handheld – specifically one revolving around the Live Anywhere service. As Kim explained, "...the question will be, how do we enter into that market - do we do our own device, do we create our own phone - thats a question for the company itself - do we continue to go down the Windows Mobile path which is that path that were on today, etcetera, etcetera."
While this isnt quite the Xboy smoking-gun that we were waiting for, it certainly suggests that Microsoft is looking at how to integrate its network services beyond devices like Zune. Will this eventually lead to a direct-download gaming handheld? We shall see.