updated 05:05 pm EST, Tue January 9, 2007
Zune Gaming by 2008
Microsoft will add gaming to its Zune media player, according to a Bloomberg report. Speaking to journalists at a formal dinner during CES, Microsoft Xbox VP Peter Moore said that the Zune's 3-inch screen made it an ideal handheld gaming platform and could beat the iPod's recently added downloadable game support.
"I love the interface, I love the screen," Moore said.
The feature would add a degree of iPod feature parity with the Zune, which has been struggling to find momentum since its November 14th launch. Adding gaming to the device could bring it into further competition with the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP, Bloomberg's Avi Levy suggests, as the two Japanese consoles both share Wi-Fi support for multiplayer games. Microsoft has expressed a willingness to expand the Zune's wireless abilities beyond player-to-player media sharing but has so far declined to reveal definite plans for gaming or other features.