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 Mar 08, 2005 - 02:00 PM - by Michael
* Next-gen consoles to be in short supply?

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The Hollywood Reporter says that console makers are poised for yet another release-time "shortage" when the PS3, Xbox Next, and Nintendo Revolution roll out the door.

The definition of "insanity," it's said, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result each time. In 1995, when the video game industry transitioned to the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2), there weren't enough of the consoles to meet demand, consumers and retailers howled, and software sales plummeted. With the industry once again poised to shift to the next generation of consoles -- Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3), Microsoft's Xbox 2 and Nintendo's GameCube 2 -- it surely doesn't want to go through all that insanity again.
Of course, what they miss is that companies like Sony deliberately ship too few consoles, to guarantee that stores will be "sold out" and generate hype.

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