Xbox 2 2005 launch may “backfire”

Games industry trade site GamesIndustry has a smart and sobering opinion piece on why Xbox 2 launching in 2005 could be a bad move for Microsoft. Editor Rob Fahey argues that with the PS3 not here until 2006 or possibly 2007, games companies would be faced with a choice of making games for a next-generation console with a small audience at launch, or making games for the current generation of consoles with a large audience. While some companies may opt for both, and some other companies may put all their eggs in the next-generation console space, many could well opt to ignore Xbox 2 until PS2 and or Nintendo’s “Revolution” comes along, making the next-generation pot big enough.

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