Portable Xbox in pipeline, says Microsoft

Microsoft big boss Shane Kim has let slip that there is "no question" a portable Xbox device is in the company's plans for the future.Speaki

Speaking to gaming site Kikizo, Kim (who works heavily with Microsoft's Xbox program) said that although Microsoft may have seemed to be focusing on a more "living room experience", recent offerings such as the ability to buy and download 360 games via Xbox Live cosy up rather nicely with portable gaming.

"For us, it's a matter of focusing on 'when', because if we chased after a mobile or handheld opportunity, we would not have the resources and ability to do things like Project Natal. So we've chosen to focus on the living room experience from a hardware standpoint, if you will, but we're building a service in Live that will extend to other platforms. No question about it."

He added: "The question will be, how do we enter into that market - do we do our own device, do we create our own phone - that's a question for the company itself - do we continue to go down the Windows Mobile path which is that path that we're on today, etcetera, etcetera."

Of course the downside to this bombshell admission is that it may well take years before it comes to any sort of fruition. In fact it may be that Microsoft opts to migrate its 360 games to partnered mobile devices rather than pump money into its own hardware to take on the likes of the DS and PSP.

All remains to be seen, but we'll be sure to keep you in the loop with all we hear. Let us know what you think Microsoft should do below.

Via: PC World