Microsoft Integrating Pocket PCs with XBOX Live?

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DigiTimes is reporting that Microsoft has gained FCC approval to sell their new WiFi connector for XBOX Live users. While that’s not a big deal, there is a paragraph at the end of the story that alludes to a possible connection with Pocket PCs. If this is the case, I’ll be interested to see how Sony responds with their PDAs running the Palm OS.

Here’s the quote of interest, “It will be interesting to see what direction the Xbox clients take now that they will have access to broadband connections ideal for VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) and streaming video. New video game services such as XSNsports.com (http://www.xsnsports.com) a collaboration between Microsoft and ESPN will allow gamers to compete with their friends in a 16-game user-created season or challenge top-ranked online competitors in worldwide tournaments. There may be some sort of add-on device for a Pocket PC such as the new gamepad offered by Sprint PCS and Samsung Electronics.”

It’s a little difficult to tell exactly what they mean, but it does make some sense that Microsoft would like to have their devices more inter-connected. In case you missed it, the gamepad they reference is this:

What this referenced “add-on device for Pocket PC” is or what it does is subject to debate. It could be as simple as a game pad Microsoft will make for PPC’s. To save from making a bunch of different connectors, it could be some sort of Bluetooth game pad. Perhaps it’s something totally different and really is a bridge between the XBOX and PPC PDA. That would be great, I just don’t know what it would do…any thoughts?

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