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New ZuneHD device could play Xbox Live games

Is this the Xbox Portable in disguise?

Product: Zune | Manufacturer: Microsoft
 
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Pretty interesting news about Microsoft advertising for coders to work on a ‘mobile Halo project’, eh? Our initial thoughts, other than this sounding ideal for the iPhone, is that Halo mobile will probably be for Windows Mobile.

But Safety’s Off has another possible avenue for this hot Microsoft pocket game. The Zune system is supposed to be leaving its native US shores soon, though Microsoft has undermined its own PR campaign by announcing the ZuneHD player right alongside.

Details on this new device are still pretty sketchy, but it’s sounding as though it’ll be compatible with Microsoft’s software development kit, XNA.

To those of us who know nothing of coding, this essentially gives the ZuneHD the potential to play Xbox Live games, and with the rumour of a touchscreen also circulating, this could be the Xbox Portable Bill’s boys have been so avidly denying.

It would seem like a wasted opportunity for Microsoft to release a new PMP that doesn't give the iPhone at least a bit of competition, so fingers crossed the ZuneHD will live up to the rumours.
 

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Anonymous | 06:21 - 16 April 2009
As Jazza said, XNA already is compatible with Zune. It does -not- mean you can play Xbox Live games on Zune, only that it would be relatively easy to port games over (long shot at that too, since the Zune HD hardware would be presumably much less powerful than the Xbox 360, and the code would need much optimization or scaling down the scope of the game). The Zune could be a great gaming device with the use of the XNA framework, but not with the reasoning used in this news article of supposed Xbox Live games.
Anonymous | 13:05 - 15 April 2009
Ooh, now this is getting interesting.

iPhone and DSi streaking ahead, Sony on verge of new PSP, Blackberry, Nokia and Palm launching their own stores...and now Microsoft joining the party too?

Forget Xbox 360 vs PS3 - the handheld gaming wars is where the real interest is!
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