Archive for April, 2005
Goldman Sachs thinks that Microsoft may sell 3 million Xbox 2’s this year (at least so says this News.com article). It’s just speculation right now as to when the Xbox 2 will be released, but October and November dates are being bandied about. So lets say it’s November 1st. That gives about 9 weeks to sell 3 million boxes. That’s about 330,000 boxes a week. Sony did more than that in their first week of selling the PSP, but I doubt they’re going to be able to keep up that momentum. We’ll have to see.
Goldman Sachs also predict that the console would cost between $250 and $300, a traditional price for a new console. Some people were speculating that it might be more, but not Goldman Sachs. They also think that Microsoft will continue to make the Xbox, much like Sony continued selling the PSOne after the PS2 came out.
Goldman Sachs also thinks the PS3 won’t come out until mid-2006. Nothing new there.
There are rumors going around that Microsoft and Pepsi are planning to give away an Xbox 2 every ten minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine weeks straight. Some kind of under-the-cap promotion like Pepsi did with iTunes and Apple.
I have a feeling that, if true, this is going to sell a lot of Pepsi. I personally don’t drink Pepsi, but I’ll be tempted…
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.