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 Feb 27, 2006 - 01:00 PM - by Michael
* Did the 360 launch too early?

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I don't think so, but 1up presents an interesting case that the Xbox360 launched too early for the industry.

Now, I don't have many games for it, but that'll change over time (especially if MS gets off their butts and work on the backwards compatibility layer some more).

So it's fair to say that Microsoft's early launch had a negative effect on the industry as a whole. Which raises a question: Was the rush to market irresponsible, or just good business? After all, the likes of J Allard, Peter Moore, Steve Ballmer, and other Microsoft/Xbox higher-ups have frequently said that the "first-to-market advantage" is a major piece of the company's arsenal against Sony in this round. Indeed, one reason the company was constantly playing catch-up during the current generation was because Microsoft's system wasn't even announced by the time the PlayStation 2 had wowed everyone with its Japanese launch -- so getting the jump on Sony and beating it at its own game was important in the establishment of the 360.

 

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