For some of you who were just able to get your hands on a Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, or Playstation 3, you’re not even thinking about the next generation of consoles. Analysts are though, and according to some, 2010 will be the shot-gun start for the next round. The last time around, Microsoft had quite an advantage by launching the Xbox 360 a whole year ahead of the PS3 and the Wii. Launch dates looked like this:
- Xbox 360 on November 22, 2005
- Playstation 3 on November 17, 2006
- Nintendo Wii on November 19, 2006
Will Microsoft try and get a head-start again? Perhaps not. In 2010 analysts say launch dates will look like this: the Wii will be first, followed by a new Xbox later in the year. What about a PS4? Well, there’s been no news, and no speculation quite yet. I think Sony has enough to worry about with trying to make sure they’re selling enough of their PS3 consoles. But wait, maybe things are getting better for Sony?
Also in the news recently is speculation that the PS3 will end up outperforming the Xbox 360 this year. Part of this could be due to the fact that it’s starting to appear as though Blu-ray is the clear winner in the high-definition format war. Purchasing a PS3 is one of the more affordable ways to get your hands on a Blu-ray player which could help their sales quite a bit. Analysts are also predicting that Sony could take back their title as “market leader” in about three years. It’s hard to imagine that given Nintendo’s current success with the Wii and even Microsoft’s success with the Xbox 360, but anything is possible.