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 Apr 14, 2005 - 12:00 PM - by Michael
* Xbox2 may not be expensive?

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Goldman-Sachs has speculation that the next-generation Xbox may slip in under $300.

However, it's worth noting that most hardware launches in the past few years have come in at lower prices than those expected by many market analysts - with the Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation Portable being the most recent examples of this trend.

Forbes reports that the Goldman Sachs analysts went on to say that Microsoft would ship three million units of the Xbox 2, which is powered by multiple IBM processors and a next-generation ATI graphics chip, by the end of the year. The console is expected to launch worldwide during the third quarter, which would generally imply a million units at launch for every major territory, but Microsoft is likely to be cautious in terms of shipments to Japan - where the Xbox failed to sell in any numbers - and favour North America and Europe with larger shipments instead.
If they do come in under $300, it's a good thing - both for pricing compared to their competitors, and for initial sales. Earlier speculations at $400-$500 were scary.

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