Archive for April, 2005
In this post I kind of joked that Microsoft would be changing their unveiling date of the Xbox 2 and sure enough, it’s happened. The Xbox 2 is now due to be unveiled on MTV on May 12th, during a half hour show hosted by Elija Wood. Now that’s an interesting way to do it.
Microsoft has garnered the support of studios like EA, Vivendi, Ubisoft, and Rockstar for their next-generation, HD, Xbox 2.
These companies already support the Xbox, so I’m not sure this is such a great announcement, unless you’ve been looking for offical confirmation of their support for the Xbox 2. Microsoft is trying hard to claim the number one spot in the console gaming market, and things like this can only help.
In one of those moves that says “yeah, like THAT’S coincidence”, Sony announced that it’s pre-E3 showing of the PS3 will happen at 15:00PST on 16may05 at the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City. This is a mere 3 hours before Microsoft is having its big event.
So we finally know when Sony and Microsoft will be strutting their respective stuffs. Of course, I hope they give a lot of details about any HD functionality these boxes will have. In particular, I’d like to know if developers are required to include HD support, and what kind of connectors they’ll use to transmit HD content.
Now that both Sony and Microsoft have shown their hands, do you think Microsoft might change the timing of their event?
Sony was to have a preview event for the PS3 sometime in March. Well, Sony kind of changed their minds, so no such event was held. Some are predicting doom and gloom, but I don’t think it’s such a big deal.
In Xbox 2 news (or should I start calling it the “Xbox 360″ already?), it seems like Microsoft is pushing for the system to do better than the original Xbox in Japan. With unit sales of the original Xbox in Japan being so low it’s hardly worth the bother, there is lots of room for Microsoft to improve. Yoshiki Okamoto says that other major Japanese studios besides his own have signed up to do Xbox 2 games. (Game Republic being his studio.) But Mr. Okamoto didn’t drop any names, so we’ll have to wait.
CNN Money says that Microsoft will be announcing the next Xbox (probably to be called the Xbox 360) several days before E3. Everyone is clamoring for details of the next Xbox, and all will be revealed soon.
Price and launch date are still unknown, and I assume these details will be made known at the pre-E3 event.
More Xbox 2 info: