Information has come to light through TeamXbox, that Microsoft are working on a digital entertainment handheld which currently is only known as project ‘Y’. Why ‘Y’ you may ask? Well the new device will sit somewhere inbetween the Xbox and Zune devices, offering both gaming and media playback, as well as internet related services and downloads in a portable format. Y is the letter between X & Z. Although Ybox or Yune are both unlikely names for the new device, it is rumoured the device name will indeed start with the letter Y - more information after the jump.
The image above is a fake mockup found only to represent this news story, but the new rumoured device is meant to be a portable gaming device and media player which includes Xbox Live Marketplace that enables you to download movies and arcade games for play on either the hand-held device or your console. The New Xbox Experience will also be even easier to use on the handheld over the console as it will have cover-flow like navigation options.
Sources that have leaked the information have stated:
â€śWhen this handheld arrives, people will say it is Microsoftâ€™s response to the iPhone, the Nintendo DS, the PSP, and so on, but it will be pretty evident that this device, its software, and services have been in the works for a very long time,â€ť
â€śAlthough the Microsoft handheld is definitely a converged device, this is not a Zune Phone.â€ť The source added: â€śMicrosoft wonâ€™t compete with its Windows Mobile customers.â€ť
Microsoft have not made any official announcements, but Major Nelson has posted via his twitter page (although it could be about anything):
Working on a project that is probably the coolest opportunity I’ve had in a long time. I’ll share details when confirmed.
10:25 AM May 12th from TweetDeck
How excited would you be over the prospect of playing arcade games over Live on your handheld with friends on their 360’s, or watching that movie you downloaded from the marketplace using your console on your handheld device? As well as browsing the internet and checking emails all at the same time it could soon be a reality.
If any further information is released regarding this, be sure to know Xboxic will keep you posted.