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Microsoft is glad they didn't launch a portable Xbox

Posted on Monday, May 19 2008 @ 01:41:14 CEST by

Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Shane Kim told Eurogamer they're glad they didn't jump into the handheld gaming market:
Eurogamer: When you look at the success of the DS and the PSP, don't you wish you'd gotten in on the handheld market?

Shane Kim: I'm very happy we didn't get into it, because launching a handheld platform is like launching another Xbox 360. You have to be fully committed, as an organisation, from a resource standpoint, to doing that. Frankly we've got a lot on our plate with Xbox 360 and Xbox Live. We don't have any experience in that space. Our content assets don't naturally lend themselves to driving success in that particular market. So we're happy to let Sony and Nintendo slog it out. I do think mobile is probably the more important platform in the future, and the number of Windows mobile devices and hardware that's capable of running Windows mobile in the future is really a compelling opportunity, and one where we don't have to worry about launching a new hardware platform too.



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