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Microsoft working on handheld gaming device

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 20 Mar 2006 20:15 User comments (55)

Microsoft working on handheld gaming device Microsoft Corp. is reportedly working on a portable device capable of playing games, music and movies to challenge two mega-popular gadgets from rivals; Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld console and Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod player. The San Jose Mercury News cited unidentified sources in its report on Monday. According to the newspaper, it is unlikely that this device would be released within a year, if not two years.
Microsoft typically has targeted the gaming market and the mobile market separately. This new project is being headed by vice president J Allard and other members of the team that was responsible for the Xbox console. Microsoft will be up against a lot considering the popularity of the iPod music player and the success, growing reputation and continued evolution of the PSP console.

Microsoft launched its next generation gaming console, the Xbox 360, in the US in November. Its launch is to be followed by Nintendo's Revolution console and Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3). Both won't appear until late in the year, leaving the Xbox 360 the entire summer to just keep growing.

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120.3.2006 20:31

Hmmm I wonder how it will turn out.

220.3.2006 22:09

It will be to big to fit into a mack truck just like yech box

320.3.2006 23:44

Well i can tell u if they create a multi format player that plays all types of formats is just another device that Microsoft will put their silly DRM technology on. Thats all it is... Ive read these articles that relate to Microsoft's upcomming hardware and nothin has taken me by suprise... I wish SEGA was in the race i would love to see what they would come up with :)

421.3.2006 6:35
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do you think it will be a xbp (xbox portable?)

521.3.2006 10:17

umm ok this is like month old news...reuters is slow http://www.engadget.com/2006/02/24/microsofts-origami-project/ it's the origami hell here's the video of it! http://youtube.com/watch?v=JqVszfrB_VI

621.3.2006 11:58

Wonder how much it will cost!!!!!!!!!!!!!

721.3.2006 13:31

from the recent leak pics...im disapointed its way to big, bulky, and down right homosexual (i like the black one though :D)

821.3.2006 13:50
TigraoZT
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i dont think thats is what they will come up with... that pictures are from Origami a Ultra-Mobile PC. http://www.origamiproject.com Not been a portable game system ... but PC, i hope i'm right....

921.3.2006 16:43

no...it was shown playing halo in the video link I posted it might have only been a video of halo playing but that's what they are obviously promising

1021.3.2006 20:23
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Hallo is a PC game too... these Ultra-Mobile PCs will work as a normal PC... They couldnt coment how good will be the graphics, but they say that will be good for games.

1122.3.2006 8:27

Come on...is anyone really surprised by this? Everyone laughed when they announced they were going to make a gaming system. Look how it has taken off...they won't put out a total piece of crap. It will be comprable to whatever is out at the time. I have confidence in M$ after the XboX showed its worth... I can only imagine the capabilities that the thing will have after seeing all that the PSP can do now...give a couple years and it will probablly be more powerful than the computer I have right now =D

1222.3.2006 8:50
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It's not the origami. I was watching some stupid useless g4 tv show the other day and had a mini-interview with the slightly fat "journalist" that leaked the story. If any of you were watching g4 at the time and saw that dude's picture while he was speaking on the phone at the time, it was hilarious....anywho, All I heard was "Blah blah blah iPod killer" "Blah blah blah videogames" "Blah blah blah content provider" I'm so jaded by all this media hype I could vomit. Wallace and Grommit is infinitesmally more better than anything Microsoft could dream of. Yeah, you heard me! I'm a W&G fanboy. Not really. That's what YOU sound like.

1322.3.2006 8:55

hehe... "I love cheeese"!!

1422.3.2006 11:19

So, they are making a portable gaming machine (like a psp with media playback cap.) along with the origami?

1522.3.2006 17:13

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Come on...is anyone really surprised by this? Everyone laughed when they announced they were going to make a gaming system. Look how it has taken off..
Taken off? PS2 hit 100 Million, id be surprised if the xbox and xbox360 combined have hit 30 million...

1623.3.2006 10:06

umm yeah the xbox is very popular in the states... japan...well....god damn they have the real sony and nintendo in their country...why would they want a microsoft product? lol

1725.3.2006 10:37

since when is apple's crappy ipod a gaming device??

1825.3.2006 18:56
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Microsoft is going to go brock hah to bill gates

1925.3.2006 19:46

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umm yeah the xbox is very popular in the states...
Umm...what exactly does that mean? Its NOWHERE even close to ps2 sales.

2025.3.2006 20:09

further more xbox 360 isnt close to ps2 in sales either.. and it doesnt matter cause psp2 will probably come out around the same time, so it'll be pointless.


2126.3.2006 13:19
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oh so is that why all the 360's sold out??? plus xbox is better than ps will ever be!















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2226.3.2006 14:18

I don't think you'll be saying that once the ps3 comes out and smoked the xbox in graphics AND number of quality games.


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2326.3.2006 18:56
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Danm right.... for sure Xbox will still be in the market, but always at the second place... and than you ask ...way? Because their are extremely stupid at games console, the first fight their lost because they waited so long to show the system with almost same graphics as PS2... ok ok the Xbox graphics are better, but is not something that you would say ... Fuck, that’s awesome!!! Comparing with PS2... you almost can’t see the difference, but when we'll see PS3 I’ll be the first one to say “fuck you Xbox360 giving me this crappy DVD's games when the new generation start with "NEW" and not the same”. They are doing what Sega did, "lets Bring CD again" and than Sony brings the DVD... LOL, you know what happens next. They should call it BetterXbox instead Xbox360. Let Welcome PS3 the "real” console of the New Generation, with so wanted Bluray. PS: I still have hopes with Revolution

2426.3.2006 19:26
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What a joke...

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xXBMODSXx oh so is that why all the 360's sold out??? plus xbox is better than ps will ever be!
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Are you retarded? Must be because they don’t have enough... this is a market... witch is stupid. M$ is been saying that forever, they won’t make enough consoles...10 console per store!!!! What is wrong with you asking these questions.... have you think this way, Xbox is better, but newer and bigger witch is the reason they give up on it 2 years earlier then PS2... Make the math... if it was born 1 year later, and the new one is launched 1 year earlier... just showing how good is the almighty "PS"

2526.3.2006 22:42

wouldnt it be great if they would just make one universal player? instead of working against each other they should all come together for the mega-player.... plays all media.... wow... but of course that will never happen... but it would definetly make software companies work harder on better games instead of better consoles..... at least till the time to upgrade the console came about... i think the boost in game sales would outweigh the loss in console sales...

2627.3.2006 5:09

I think you may be on to something, Skitzy. After all, it's a well known fact that all of the console makers sell the hardware at a loss anyway. (I know that it's hard to believe as much as we pay for it, but that's their story anyhow.) It's the licensing of the software (and I suppose a little on the peripherals) where they really make their profits.

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2727.3.2006 13:23
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i think the doubters of the 360 r just mad because they aint got one! (wich i do) okay ps2 had one good game socom oh wow lets worship sony beause of that but look at all the games the xbox has<halo, halo2, black,...........need i say more cause i will!















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2827.3.2006 15:11

Eh its bigger than the PSP I kinda like it. But the down side is DRM and other curd they place on it to protect the industry...

2927.3.2006 16:35
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This is to all xbox 360 people. This is what many people said about the 360= "that it sold out"= well yea, they only made a few systems, of course they will sell out. "Is the xbox360 worth buying?"= NO, why because the games suck. Sure you can play halo and halo2 but isn't that why we bought an xbox. "Is the PS3 worth buying?"= YES, why becase 1.Blue Ray when systems is first released. (unlike the 360 you can't play either HD or Blue Ray without paying for extra hardware) 2.Hard drive (which will be 3 times bigger because it will be 60 gig hardrive than the 360 which only has 20 gigs.) 3.PS3 looks like it will be a next gen system , unlike 360 (most of the people that have 360 still play halo and halo2) Sorry 360 owners, we were all fulled at one time about something that we thought was going to be the greatest thing to come but once we had it was just an embarresment. (No i am not talking about S*X I am talking about the failure the 360 was.

3027.3.2006 17:39
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sorry dude already made bigger hdd's ur late!















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3127.3.2006 17:41
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condemed good, madden good, gun goood, pgr3 good!, perfect dark good, id like to see you get windows vista on a ps(gay) lol.....oh ya cant cause sony sucks! oh and fulled is spelled fooled!















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3227.3.2006 22:09

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okay ps2 had one good game socom oh wow
If PS2 had only one good game then it sure as hell wasn't SOCOM. It would more likely be a game called Final Fantasy VII. A game that put the Class in Classic.

3328.3.2006 3:00
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oh rpg! how could i forget the games that dont have ne point to em! my bro plays ff i think its boring and i would rather play ratchet and clank or somthin even tho i dont!















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3428.3.2006 11:40
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BECAUSE PS2 SUXXXXXXXXXX!















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3528.3.2006 12:32

Sorry about that. I didn't mean to knock your favorite game, It's just that I quit playing "Army" after about the fourth grade in elementary school.

3628.3.2006 14:48
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my game i could care less but final f. thats the kind of game loosers play like uh for instance YOU! so you go play you final gaytasy.















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3728.3.2006 15:37

xXBMODSXx, u r not that smart r u? i have black for ps2 and halo and halo 2 are pretty good but u can also get a lot of good games for ps2. all i know the best graphics i have ever seen are for gran turismo 4. i believe that is one of the best games ever. also kingdom hearts one and two are great games. oh yeah i think i seen a funny video of some stupid guys driving their car around and they purposely drop the XBOX360 box with the console inside of it out of the car. i think they really enjoyed playing it ;)

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3828.3.2006 15:45
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ya i know its called smashmyxbox360.com but yeah they did it with one! they have enough money for when ps3 comes out except they r going to do two of em so yeah! two ps3's to one xbox 360 smart one! oh and go on somehwere you little newbie you!















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3928.3.2006 16:25

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my game i could care less but final f. thats the kind of game loosers play like uh for instance YOU! so you go play you final gaytasy.
First of all, fanboy, this isn't a hate site. You can take that anti-gay hate BS over to whatever neo-nazi website you happen to be a member of. It's kind of hard to argue with such an intelligent, thought-provoking argument as you present in your numerous redundant posts:
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i think the doubters of the 360 r just mad because they aint got one! (wich i do) okay ps2 had one good game socom oh wow lets worship sony beause of that but look at all the games the xbox has<halo, halo2, black,...........need i say more cause i will!
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plus xbox is better than ps will ever be!
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BECAUSE PS2 SUXXXXXXXXXX!
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condemed good, madden good, gun goood, pgr3 good!, perfect dark good, id like to see you get windows vista on a ps(gay) lol.....oh ya cant cause sony sucks! oh and fulled is spelled fooled!
Since you're so adept at pointing out other folks's spelling flaws, Hotshot, perhaps you should be aware that: loosers is spelled losers (You should know that one by heart.) wich is spelled which beause is spelled because and goood is spelled good Do other people get to voice their opinions on this topic, or have you turned AfterDawn into the "xXBMODSXx Show"? BTW, thanks for the compliment, because if a highly intelligent, open-minded courteous JerkWad such as yourself considers me a "looser" then I must be doing something right.

4028.3.2006 17:48
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hahaha w/e you think im iliterate??? nope sure aint! you probably went and found a dictionary and looked up some words so you can sound smart....oh i know how to spell those words trust me! your mom does so yeah write back when you can call me somthing other than JERKWAD! oh and how bout you get on halo 2 so i can shut you up! my gamertag: PPF BUTTS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^FEAR IT!















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4128.3.2006 17:49
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wait ru 44?? and you still sitting at home playin games? im 16 lol!















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4228.3.2006 20:26

You've got to be kidding me? You are 16 years old? From your lack of social interaction skills I seriously was thinking your age to be 11 or 12 years of age, tops. I'm so sorry, please, in all seriousness, do consider psychological counseling. OK Private Butt, you know that tag does somehow seem to fit you. I do wish that I had a camera so that you could see that I am saluting you right now.

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hahaha w/e you think im iliterate??? nope sure aint! you probably went and found a dictionary
Now why would anyone think that you were illiterate? Just because you can't even spell the freaking word?!!! Maybe you should try using a dictionary sometime.

4328.3.2006 21:15

Fan wars....scary 0-o FACT...SOny dose better than MS at consoles MS will probly take 2nd plce unless nintendo dose soem realy neat and wied shit...and knowing them thats what thier good at 0-o ....altho....its been more wired lately than anythign else 0-o

4429.3.2006 2:40
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wow i left one word off cry me a river old man go somwhere and try and get some!















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4529.3.2006 8:03

Come on, xXBMODSXx, just stop and take a deep breath and relax. Now just try and think about this for a minute because you're just not getting it. This is called a forum. It's purpose is for anyone to offer their opinion on a given topic. If you have an opinion that differs from theirs, that is not a bad thing, just give an intelligent argument backed up with facts stating why you feel that your opinion is valid. I'm sorry but "PS2 Suxxxxxxxxxxxx" does not qualify. Just try and grow up a little, after all, you say that you are 16 years old, then you should be old enough to comprehend that it's not just all about you.

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wow i left one word off cry me a river old man go somwhere and try and get some!
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condemed good, madden good, gun goood, pgr3 good!, perfect dark good, id like to see you get windows vista on a ps(gay) lol.....oh ya cant cause sony sucks! oh and fulled is spelled fooled!
Actually, Professor, as you can see from the preceeding quote that you were the one who insisted on chastising another member about a grammatical faux pas so I'll briefly try to explain a few basic concepts of any spoken language. Those buttons on your keyboard with the funny-looking shapes on them are called letters. The idea is to make combinations of letters in a certain organized fashion. This is how we create something called words. Then, when you get that part down, the idea is to arrange these words in such a way as to make some kind of logical statement, but I'm afraid that I may be moving just a little too fast for you. Just try and practice putting the letters together to make words, for now. Hopefully, one day you can progress from that point. This concludes my community service for this week.

4629.3.2006 11:16
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everything was good i was helpin out then you and other people just ticked me off this is the first time its happend sow/e just back off and you dont have to sound so smart! hint hint:

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4729.3.2006 11:17
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oh and your grad. im in 9th grade loser!















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4829.3.2006 14:46

Shut up you stupid nut. we all know the ps3 will OWN 360. That's not an opinion, that's a FACT. Just look at the statistics. The 360 is having problems already especially in japan. playstation is already a big hit in the U.S. do you even know how big it is in japan? It doesn't matter what you say, people are gonna buy the ps3 anyways. You wanna know why? because it's playstation regardless of the blueray player but with it's reputation in games, but since it has blueray that's making it even more unstoppable than what it is already. Then you say well the 360 has halo. Wow big woop. Im sorry but halo 3 isn't going to convince me from buying a ps3 it will have to do more then that. A lot more


ps3 with 20gb hard drive

xbox 360 premium edtion with vga/hd hook up to my dell 20.1 inch widescreen lcd.

White and black 1.5 psp's

I'll take this down WHEN micro$oft decides to stop being lazy and make the capcom fighting games backwards compatible with the 360 dammit!!!

4929.3.2006 15:15
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haha get outta here with your george forman grill!















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5029.3.2006 15:37

Lol got one of those too and will also be getting the ps3


ps3 with 20gb hard drive

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I'll take this down WHEN micro$oft decides to stop being lazy and make the capcom fighting games backwards compatible with the 360 dammit!!!

5129.3.2006 16:08
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lol you know im talkin bout the ps3 right?















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5229.3.2006 16:28

I'd pick a george forman grill over the 360 any day lol


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5329.3.2006 17:58
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lol yeah! w/e















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5427.7.2006 18:43

Dude sony is expensive as hell and the 360 is going to win this war with innovation and great games (something sony does not have a clue of. FF, KH, GT are pathetic games and their are games similiar to it that are better on other systems. For example Elder Scrolls>KH fable>FF Forza motorsport>GT Halo>killzone Conker>Mario (I know he is not sonys but I still hate him) Really, I am not a fanboy (Xbox and PC just have a larger and better inventory that suits me better)I just don't like sony. Their are other games on other consoles that are better than what sony has and now trying to shove blu ray and 600 dollars down are throats is their biggest mistake they have ever done. The 500 dollar one might work out but it won't have online capabilities with it and it won't hold as much (I am expecting game saving is going to larger then normally meaning you have a large memory to hold). Also Nintendo's wii needs to have more mature games because Mario and metroid prime don't cut it. PC and xbox is better and they will soon be one with cell phones added. AWESOME!

5527.7.2006 23:46

Spartan77 you mean the Wii right? the 360 has Z E R O innovation,its bearly a upgrade on the Xbox its more like they put a new vid card in it 0-o *L*

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