At GDC today, AMD announced a suite of tools for developing handheld gaming content for the company’s next-generation mobile graphics chips. These chips support the same Unified Shader Architecture as the Xbox 360’s ATI-designed GPU. Are phones the last stop here, or could the “Xboy” be on its way?
For years now there have been periodic rumblings of an “Xboy”—a portable gaming device from Microsoft intended to compete with Sony’s PSP. When Zune dropped last year, it clearly wasn’t the Xboy, but rumors persist that a future version of Zune will have some kind of added gaming functionality.