Poll: Would you have bought an Xbox Phone?
A news story came out recently starring Robbie Bach, a former member of Microsoft's Xbox team of 22 years. Microsoft hasn't exactly done badly with the three Xbox consoles released to this date, but with hindsight the talk became that maybe Microsoft should have been looking towards phones. Not thinking about a handheld console, but a gaming phone.
In the past, Xbox has been Xbox. That thing that sits beneath your TV. With Windows 10 on the horizon we're starting to see Xbox and Windows move closer than ever before, but we even had Games for Windows Live on PC games in place of just, well, Xbox Live.
Microsoft's biggest competitor in console gaming, Sony, has had its own (mostly failed) attempt at a gaming focused phone with the Xperia Play. This chunky little Android phone slid apart to reveal a dedicated game pad adorned with Sony's trademark PlayStation buttons.
Personally, I liked the Xperia Play. I remember visiting Sony's offices in London and playing with an extremely attractive burnt orange model and wondering if what was in my hands was the future of mobile gaming.
But that was then and the Xperia Play didn't lead to anything more successful from Sony, nor did Microsoft go after the market itself. So we're turning it over to you guys. Given the chance, would you have bought an Xbox Phone? Have you had a secret hankering for such a thing or is it the last thing you'd want in your pocket? As ever, drop a vote in the poll and jump into the comments below!
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Microsoft should start doing limited runs like the Samsung Galaxy edge Ironman phone. They have all this resource and still not utilizing them.
The mid 2000s were an interesting time in the mobile game industry.
Dont game as much as I thought I would on my current phone.
After the name change I wouldn't have based on the marketing and commitment MS has shown towards the platform. I believe that their approach should have been at making one flagship phone year after year like apple does in order to make the phone look desirable. Pricing would have been tricky in emerging markets, but I'm sure that buying material in bulk vs. in so many variances would have helped a bit. From that point they just needed to concentrate in working out just the international bands, maybe rebranding Zune to Xbox music while building on the already existing software and improving performance and camera capabilities. Once the world was already impressed by the name and platform, they could have start building a lower spec ed device that could however still do most of the things flagship devices could do. This approach seems to be working extremely well for Apple so it is a proven system. Imagine how easy it would have been for developers to create apps for one device vs so many diff ones. This is just my own personal opinion.
Honestly, I probably still would, if it was for Verizon.
And that's the rub...
If it ever happened, it would be a gsm phone.
Any phone/device can be a XBOX PHONE.
Hell yeah, I will buy one for sure!