NOT! PS2 is a contender. Microsoft is unable to stoke the earnings fire with just being a software company. Now they are trying to get at Sony's dinner. Not happening. As I type my son & a friend are playing the PS2. First time for the friend. He is amazed. Sony has the knowhow to make this console soar like an eagle. Besides AGAIN where is X box? PS2 is here now. It simply blows away Dreamcast. Read the reviews on the games for yourself. I own a PS2 & wish I owned Sony from june of 1999 till it split a few months ago.. But I listened to my broker & I am broker. Next time I listen to my own instinct. Heres a review link. http://www.videogamereview.com/reviews/Sony_PlayStation_2/Sports/Sports-1645.asp
You have just discredited your status on this board. The videogame industry is a 7.5 Billion dollar a year industry. Call that a FAD eh? Do the math you brainless wonder thats larger than the entire toy industry. To make a statement that videogames are fads is foolish. Everything moves in cycles this industry is a 5 year cycle where we usher out the old and in comes the new. What are your feelings about the computer industry? Is that a fad too? That industry seems to move in 5 year cycles also...I'd love to hear your opinion on that....
Sony rushed this system to the market the hardware shortages are going to do nothing more than piss of retailers and consumers. Many Top 10 retailers have already gone back to Sega for Dreamcast hardware to help fill the shelves this holiday season. Out of the 500k units shipped how many do you think currently are sitting in consumers living rooms? My guess would be 400k tops. Many whore mongers and independant retailers scooped these systems up from Top 10 retailers and are auctioning them on E-Bay for $500+.
Maninamillion...the future success is where we need to focus and that will come two years from now. Try to look at the big picture here I'm not a basher just someone who is very famaliar with the videogame industry and I'm trying to lend insightful information here with how I see the console wars shapping up. I don't think Dreamcast will be in the picture two years from now but the fact that they are there now they are slowing Sony's progress in establishing a large user base couple this with the fact that Sony has shot themselves in the foot with the limited number of hardware units and this definately hurts them.
X-Box like PS2 is a multimedia unit. The big differences in the hardware itself is that X-Box will have a built in 20 Gig Hard Drive from Western Digital and network card for internet play. Those are 2 items PS2 doesn't have so lets say $100 bucks for an external HD & $75 for a network card...that makes the PS2 almost $500 when you can get the same thing in an X-Box for $299. Oh and if you read my former posts on this board you will notice I make mention of a "EXODUS" due to the fact that PS2 is extremely difficult to develop for and the time involved to develop a game is almost twice as long as it takes to develop for X-Box and their user friendly Direct X 8.0.
Read my other posts but mark my words...PS2 will not win the console wars vs X-Box & Game Cube.
The point I'm trying to get across to you people is simple PS2 is EXTREMELY difficult to program for. X-Box is second nature to most developers because they are famaliar with Direct X 7.0 for PC & X-Box uses Direct X 8.0 which is slightly changed but very user friendly.
If Sony can't get the installed base in the US Market to warrant developers to exclusively develop for that console the developers will open up all doors to other platforms and that is what is happening as you can see from the articles above.
This is a really cruical time for Sony right now and unlike 1995 when they had the 18-35 yr old market lock, stock, & barrel with strong exclusive 3rd party titles like Ridge Racer, Tekken, Resident Evil, and good first party titles like Twisted Metal, and more they will face stiff competition from Microsoft and they have the money to go toe-to-toe with Sony for this market unlike Sega who will most likely become a software developer after the Dreamcast dies out in a year or so. There are rumors circulating that Sega could ally with Nintendo since both those companies have a strong dislike for Sony and there are some big name games Sega has had over the years that will help Nintendo such as Sonic, and many more.
The next signs of third party support moving away from Sony will be the Japanese companies such as Capcom, Namco, Squaresoft, Atlus, & Konami moving towards developing for X-Box. I know Konami has already commented that they are working on a version of Metal Gear for X-Box EXCLUSIVE to X-Box no less....I'm telling you these are very strong signs that development for PS2 is not going to last for a prolonged period of time...X-Box will steal the limelight away from PS2 when it's launched next October...YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!!!
And to answer your question why Microsoft is getting into the console gaming business is because they see the millions of dollars companies like Nintendo, Sony, & Sega are making from licensing fees and they want a piece of that money and they are gonna get it.
PS2 your days are numbered...LET THE EXODUS BEGIN!!!