This is my prediction for a possible Microsoft handheld device.
Much like my “reasonable” DS redesign which turned out to be pretty close, I tried to concentrate on style and features that would meet Microsoft’s objectives and also on what was possible and financially viable within the next year or so.
Clearly the things that they would want are:
Style: Complements the Xbox360 and reinforces the Xbox brand.
Functionality: Integrates with the “digital home”. Connects to Xbox Live.
Competition: Reduce the risk to competitor innovation.
Here’s a quick mockup just to get things started:
More images and in-depth discussion after the jump.
Update: Look out for a more detailed mockup within the next week! Update: Added notes on interface. Update: Added related links.
Warning: This post contains gratuitous Australian cultural references.
The next version of Singstar will be “Singstar Rocks!”. Judging from the partial song list, it looks like it will contain fairly recent alt-pop-rock rather than 70-80’s glam or 80-90’s rock-and-roll.
Previous versions of Singstar have been localised for different regions. Here, the Australian version of Singstar Pop! includes songs from Shazza and Missy. I wonder if the local version of Singstar Rocks! will have a bit of Aussie Rock crammed in.
Unfortunately, it’s probably unlikely to contain old-school Barnsey or Farnsey. So you may be dissapointed if you’re looking for a working class man. Likewise, you might not want to sing even though “you’re the voice”. (Moan. Bad, bad humour. My apologies.)
The list already includes one Aussie number in “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” by Jet. I didn’t know that this made it big anywhere outside of Australia… did it?