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The Future of Xbox

Filed under: Xbox
Posted by Allison on June 9, 2004 10:45 AM
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John C. Dvorak of PC Magazine has written an interesting commentary piece concerning the Xbox, which he seems to believe has failed, and the future of the big black box. What is surprising to me about the article is how Dvorak's view of the Xbox is so different from mine.

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Dvorak states that, while different sources give different numbers for sales, it's clear that the Xbox is the number two console sales-wise, with the PS2 ahead of it and the Gamecube behind it. From here, he goes on to say what a failure the Xbox has been. Are you kidding me? The PS2 had over a year head start over the Xbox, and they Xbox beat Nintendo in a head to head contest. That's not failure. That's success.

Dvorak continues by stating he had "experts" on his radio show who said the Xbox would be number one gaming console, with Sony as number two, and Sega and Nintendo dropping out of the race. Who were these experts? Did they not understand the PS2 was already on the market and Sega had already dropped out? I do not know a single person who said the Xbox would be number one. The concern at the time was that only two consoles could survive the console war, and both Microsoft and Nintendo wanted to make sure theirs would be one of the two. The results of their efforts were amazing. Instead of a two console market, a three console market was introduced. This is a success.

Now, obviously, Microsoft would like their XBox department to be more profitable and I'm sure they'd appreciate some acceptance from the Japanese market, but I think they've done a pretty good job. And, as a gamer, I love my Xbox. Whenever I'm given the option to play a game on any one of my three consoles, I always choose the Xbox.

I have no doubt the John C. Dvorak has access to information regarding Microsoft and the gaming realm that I do not have, but I simply don't understand this article. It's summed up with, "So I expect to see one more round of fighting. We will see an Xbox II. Whether it fulfills Microsoft's dream or becomes a collector's item remains to be seen." I feel as though the man had nothing to write about and chose to focus on something he had a feeling about, but no real information. So, with that being said, go ahead and read the article.









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