Earlier this year at the GDC show, Microsoft revealed its plans to bring downloadable games to its Zune personal media player, with developers able to use the company's XNA Game Studio development tools.

Well, it seems the wait is nearly over for consumers to get their hands on those games. Zune blog Zunerama has spotted a product listing for the new 120GB Zune on US retailer Fry's' website.

One of the key features is games, with the following text:

"Games rock on your Zune. Zune Players now come with a selection of fun free games to choose from. Play the popular poker game Texas Hold'em or challenge yourself to a game of Hexic, and make sure you play your favourite song from your collection to create your own personal game soundtrack."

So, it seems the newest version of the device's firmware will support games, presumably on previous models too, not just the 120GB edition.

Of course, the downside for those of us on the other side of the Atlantic is that Microsoft STILL hasn't launched the Zune here.

Although there's an outside chance they may cross the pond by Christmas, if you want to play Zune games before 2009 here in Europe, an importer looks your best bet.