Dedicated to Consoles
Sony: Ahead of its Time!
Sony's strategy of launching its PS2 in 2000 appears to have been successful. The Japanese company is proud to have sold 30 million consoles worldwide. Today, their goal is to increase that figure to 50 million by March of 2003, which means that they don't see any threat from their competitors. The number of games per console is currently 4.2. Within the year, starting from March 2002, 200 new software titles should be available. At the same time, Sony Computer will put its stakes in the online sector. The result is that users will need to go out and buy a modem, and probably a new hard drive as well. The online games will be coming out this summer in the USA and in November in Europe, via DSL only. The gaming model is similar to its counterpart in PCs: you buy the software first and then play the games online. Sony will also be providing downloads for demos, updates, etc., and will publish a magazine, as well.
Nintendo - Not Just For Kids
The other console manufacturer, Nintendo, announced a range of products that covers all game categories. It keeps to its promise of placing more emphasis on targeting adult gamers. Metroпd Prime, an extremely violent FPS (First Person Shooter) game, now stands next to Super Mario Sunshine! Nintendo's strategy consists primarily of four games: Super Mario Sunshine, Eternal Darkness, Star Fox Adventure and Metroпd Prime. Nintendo claims that it has sold 1.5 million units in the USA to date. By comparison, 1.8 million Xboxes and 12 Million PS2's have been sold. Today, Nintendo's goal is to be number one in sales for the latter half of this year. This would make a nice birthday present for the GameCube.