Amazon has a tendency to write up listings of announced, but unavailable products. Sometimes they let a few features slip, which always pleases the public but probably drives the company crazy. Today, it was noticed on Amazon’s listing about possible game and app support. Take a look at the description underneath “Surf the Web on Your Zune”:
Enjoy your favorite websites anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection with Zune HDs’ nifty, full-featured web browser. The browser has tap-to-zoom technology, which lets you enlarge the parts of the site you want to see. It makes things like reading articles, search results, or maps a lot easier on the small screen. The device also has a built-in accelerometer, so it senses when it is moving. This lets you play games and use apps that are controlled by moving the device. The touchscreen QWERTY keyboard makes it easy to enter information.
Never mind the acceleormeter part of the description, because that could just be used to enhance the apps. The exciting part could be game and app support for the Zune HD. We’re not talking the crap Microsoft will preload onto the device, we’re talking actual games and apps that will definitely make the Zune HD a clear competitor of the iPod Touch, assuming high quality games and apps. Who knows, maybe the Zune HD will be even able to handle some Xbox games, which definitely could be an interesting addition.
The availability of the price is still set for Fall 2009. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft releases any statements on the game and app support for the Zune HD.