In a recent interview, J Allard made the first ever admission that the Xbox 2 is entering the thoughts of Microsoft central, promising that the next version of the console will be released before PlayStation 3.
When quizzed over Sony’s pseudo-announcement regarding its intentions to release the PlayStation 3 in 2005, Allard said, “One thing we learned that, and we'll promise, is that they won't get a head start next time. And I'll just leave it at that.”
This news comes as the only evidence to date that an Xbox sequel could well be in the works at Microsoft. Although this is hardly surprising, the fact that a prospective release date is already tagged to the machine illustrates Microsoft’s medium-term strategy well.
Perhaps this is the start of the great console race, arguably the next tangible phase in the ongoing war for dominance of the world’s videogames markets.
We’ll bring you more as we get it.