The seeds of gaming for the next four years have been planted. The XBOX 360 is to be the most powerful gaming machine ever released.
The future offers a palette so broad and powerful, that the limits of what
designers dream and what can be done has begun to blur.
This new and expansive palette comes at a much increased price, with game
prices rising on average of ten to fifteen (US) dollars. Peripherals are the same,
with controllers and memory cards costing more than at any time memorable in
The first shot in the new console war has been fired. Not since the days of
super nintendo and sega genesis has there been a rivalry so strong as the one
between xbox 360 and playstation 3. However, playstation 3 is some six
months to a year away. The fates can be either cruel or generous to microsoft
for this early entry to the market.
Marketshare must be won by microsoft.
The entire future for 360 is based on that gamble. Surely the 360 has a huge
advantage in the united states. However, where dominance really matters, the
Japanese cooly regard the 360 from a distance. Japan is Sony's fortress, Xbox
can survive in Japan only if they sell so many units in the united states that
Japanese developers cannot ignore the installed base of eager buyers.
Oddly, all seems quiet on the Sony front. No playstation 2 price cuts or critical
releases to counter microsoft's thunder. The Sony reaction is puzzling. Has the
weakness in the consumer products division affected the playstation division?
This uncontested console release seems to reflect poorly on sony.
However, the day is yet over and suprises may lurk.
A new age of gaming has begun, where the lines of cinema and gaming blur.
Let the games begin.