Fact or Fiction 11/19/2004


posted 11/19/2004 by The GN Staff
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Welcome to our latest edition of Fact or Faction. Today we have five more topics that Charlie Sinhanseni, Charles Husemann, and John Yan discuss. And let's get started with...

1) On Halo 2’s release, we’ll see a good increase in Xbox sales.

Charlie Sinhaseni: Fiction. If anything will increase the Xbox sales this holiday season, it’s the new bundle deal that Microsoft is offering. Everyone who bought the system to play HALO 2 has probably already owned the system for quite some time now. Fanboys are adamant about their systems and there’s a good chance that the PS2 fanboys are waiting for Kill Zone as opposed to jumping on the HALO 2 bandwagon.

Charles Husemann: Fiction. There will be a modest bump in sales but most people who are already hyped about the game probably own an Xbox. I do think there will probably be a big spike in Xbox Live subscriptions so people can take advantage of all of the cool Xbox Live 3.0 features.

John Yan: Fiction. I'm going to say fiction on this one just because of the age of the Xbox. I think that games that sell consoles usually happen in the beginning of the console's life cycle. If there's anything that will increase sales is a price decrease or some sort of great bundle.

2) Sony’s release of the slim down PS2 is too little too late.

Charlie Sinhaseni: Fiction. Sony released the PSOne around the time that the PS2 was released. This is a preemptive strike of some sorts in which Sony wants to corner the market before it becomes viable for its contenders. I still haven’t had enough hands-on time with the unit to see how viable it is as a portable console; we’ll have to wait and see how long it takes for 3rd party manufacturers to produce portable screens.

Charles Husemann: Fiction. It's not too little too late, it's a new form factor for Sony Fanboys to pickup as well as a something to keep the PS2 in the news and on the store shelves. The questionable move is why they developed something that's incompatible with a lot of the existing accessories (double-tap and the hard drive).

John Yan: Fact Again, the age of the console just seems to put the slimmed down PS2 as being a year or two too late for me. I can see some people perhaps trading their older models for the slimmed down one because it fits a lot nicer in entertainment centers and also just going for the cool factor. Although the PSOne did survive a while with the PS2 out. The same might happen when the PS3 is finally released.
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