Do you want an Xbox handheld?

I was on the train this morning reading about the PS Vita and its troubles.  There’s no doubt the Vita has some impressive specs but was it necessary for Sony to continue on trying to fight a war against Nintendo that will never be won?  Many would argue that the fate of the PSP Go should’ve warned Sony that its handheld days are numbered.  Some would also point to the struggles of the Vita so far but that hasn’t stopped Sony.

Do you consider the Windows Phone the equivalent of the Xbox handheld that has so long been rumored?  Or would you rather Microsoft make one specifically to fight the DS’s and 3DS’s of the world?

I’m not a fan of the PS Vita.  I don’t think it was necessary at all.  I have a PSP and I don’t play it.  My mobile phone does pretty much everything I need it to do and everything my PSP was used for.  I used to take it on flights with me to watch movies but now I have a tablet to do that and a phone.  It’s one less thing to carry.  What makes the Vita so special that I would spend another $300+ on it?

I can’t see it.  I don’t think I would entertain an Xbox handheld at this point.  I think Microsoft is wise to simply abandon any thoughts of making a dedicated handheld.  What say you?

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11 Responses to “ Do you want an Xbox handheld? ”

  1. Microsoft will just focus on the WindowsPhone aspect for mobile gaming. I don’t think it would be wise for Microsoft to enter the portable gaming market. It’s dominated by everyone else.

    Once the Vita reduces the price and more games come out it should sell better.

  2. but is it wise for Sony? i mean they keep failing.

  3. They already have a handheld market from their PSP base, so it’s not that bad of a move to tap into that market, generate more revenue.

    They need to consolidate their other areas of businesses that they are losing money on. They really need all their devices to be able to talk to each other flawlessly. I should be able to watch a movie on all their devices with no problems. Same with music. That’s one example of consolidation.

  4. if i could play new 360 like ACR i would get it. i do not buy handhelds for the stupid features that my phone can do

  5. Sony has always had nice hardware with all the PSP’s they’ve put out over the years but the problem is they don’t have the games to sell those handheld devices. No one wants to pay $300 for a hadnheld that does the same function as any IPhone or Android phone? I think if more developers got behind the PSP Vita, it would help its longevity.

  6. I use my phone for the little bit of handheld gaming I do, so I really have no need for the new PSP or any of the other handheld gaming devices.

  7. “I’m not a fan of the PS Vita. I don’t think it was necessary at all. I have a PSP and I don’t play it. My mobile phone does pretty much everything I need it to do and everything my PSP was used for. I used to take it on flights with me to watch movies but now I have a tablet to do that and a phone. It’s one less thing to carry. What makes the Vita so special that I would spend another $300+ on it?”

    Wtf Harris, you fail! 3 and a half years later, and you still haven’t learned a single thing I’ve explained to you about handhelds. I give up

  8. wtf are you on about Astrid?

  9. I would never pay more than $120 for any handheld.

  10. I tried the Vita at a store and wow the OLED is amazing, I think if it dropped to $200 I was considering buying the VITA just for the Netfliz app, and chance at more trophies, but……

    Its not bad, looks sexy the downside is Sony insists on making people buy their own propriety memory sticks! I have about 8 Memory Stick Pro Duos for the PSP and paid a lot of money for an 8GB Pro Duo, and now they want us to buy a new propriety memory sticks, no way! This is enough to not make me support the Vita. Why not let us use the same memory sticks or SD which is much cheaper than $30 for an 8GB memory card. This is Sony’s downfall and will kill the VITA and any chance at beating DS and mobile gamers.

  11. Look, if xbox made a handheld it would dominate the market. Microsoft definatly has the money to do such a thing and i honestly think it would be a great idea. People want new, and its been a while since the last thing that has come out for gaming that was major “the Kinect”. I think people would be shocked of the making of a handheld by microsoft and it will definatly be a quick and easy sell to the public because in my opinion its new, and is made by a company that has never let anyone down when it comes to gaming and people know that, and i really think microsoft has the creativity to do such a thing.

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