Report: Microsoft Working on Xbox/Zune Mashup

Nintendo has the DS Lite and DSi. Sony has the PlayStation Portable. This leaves Microsoft sitting at the sidelines in the gaming handheld market – but according to an internet report, this won’t be for much longer.

TeamXbox has published an article that it had completed in January, but chose to hold back on it for various reasons. The information may be outdated, but it’s interesting to ponder nonetheless.

According to TeamXbox’s sources, Microsoft is working on some kind of mobile platform that meshes elements of the Xbox and Zune – earning the nickname some are calling it the “xYz.”

The Microsoft handheld is supposed to be “unlike anything on the market today … think of a mashup of the Sony Mylo, the PSP, and the iPhone… errr, the iPod Touch; [the MS handheld] doesn’t need access to a phone network.”

Zune phone? No, said the source. “Although the Microsoft handheld is definitely a converged device, this is not a Zune Phone.” The source added: “Microsoft won’t compete with its Windows Mobile customers.”

Apparently the device will make heavy use of Live Anywhere. “There will be a single online marketplace; the lines between the Zune, Xbox Live and Sky marketplaces will blur when the handheld launches.”

This could mean that one could purchase games and videos on Xbox Live Marketplace and later play and view those purchases on-the-go. Read the full story here.

It seems like a natural progression for Microsoft to try to break into the mobile sector with an all-powerful media device that’ll meld the Xbox and Zune online efforts. Perhaps we’ll find out more as E3 nears.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • IzzyCraft
    Sorry but there are so many "portable" xbox jokes and how to survive in the wild using your xbox as a brick/raft/shelter etc.
  • dman3k
    Speaking of jokes, have you heard about this thing called the Apple TV?
  • ravewulf
    Link to the article is dead
  • jsloan
    re: xYz

    nice name...
  • hellwig
    Mobile gaming platform? Sorry, Microsoft isn't innovative enough to give people something they haven't seen before. Plus people don't seem to want one device that can do 100 different things poorly. They seem to want a device that can do one or two things really well. Probably why the PSP never really took-off like Sony hoped it would. I can't explain Apple's success, nor the near-infinite cash supplies of its fanbois.
  • tenor77
    Yeah I gotta say the odds that this is real and not just a fantasy wish list are slim. Though if this is fantasy island, Tatoo, my bags are over there.
  • norbs
    Whoa, a device that does not work on new years eve, gets the ring of death in one! It's amazing what can be done with technology.
  • hemelskonijn
    This device will later be names the 42 as it turns out to be the answer to life the universe and everything.

    I am a bit sad knowing this as i always thought the device gaining this status would be running linux.
  • war2k9
    dman3kSpeaking of jokes, have you heard about this thing called the Apple TV?

  • acecombat
    hellwigMobile gaming platform? Sorry, Microsoft isn't innovative enough to give people something they haven't seen before.So you have PC gaming, mobile gaming and console gaming....what else is there that hasn't been done?!?