Yesterday we mentioned the increasing unease of developers and manufacturers
about what seems on the outside to be a troubled launch for Sony's PS3. Judging by playable demos at Leipzig and the forthcoming press conference
, we'd say that Nintendo is pretty confident it'll get its Wii on target and be ready for Christmas.
With one holiday season already under its belt, the Xbox 360 is bound to be freely available, unlike last year when it was cursed with 'most-wanted' toy syndrome. In fact, talking to Eurogamer, European Xbox boss Chris Lewis has stuck his neck right out, promising there will be no shortages anywhere in the region this year.
So established has the Xbox 360 become, that as we reported earlier this month
, MS can concentrate on philanthropic exercises like educating the masses in game design. A Beta version of software suite XNA Game Studio Express is now available for download
from Microsoft. It's only focused on making Windows games at the moment - you'll have to wait longer for an X360 version, and pay a yearly $99 subscription to port it to your console and share it.
So Microsoft is taking console gaming in new directions, installing a legitimised homebrew community. And Nintendo has a new angle too, with the intriguingly novel Wii controller. It's getting harder to see what the PS3 is really for. Kuturagi's supercomputer line is sounding hollow amidst the rumours of a desperate Sony rushing to hit deadlines. Is Sony heading for disaster? Or will the third PlayStation become the king of the generation for a third time running? Let's all speculate in the forum!