Yes, like the proverbial dog peeing on a tree, Gates revealed the much rumored X-Box, Microsoft's upcoming foray into the console market. News.com has a pretty good summary of last week's announcement here. Gates had the predictable sound bite style quotes: "The PC won't be the only device people use to get on the Internet to be entertained." Hmm, I guess that means the X-Box will be able to surf for porn.
Although the box boasts some great features (P-III CPU, NVIDIA graphics, 64MB RAM, 8GB hard drive, Ethernet, DVD) it won't be out until the second half of 2001. This could cause Microsoft some problems, as it gives the Playstation 2 plenty of time to become entrenched and even drop its price to compete.
Granted, the rumor is that the X-Box will put the PSX 2 to shame when it comes out, but one of the things Sony is counting on is luring in people who have never bought consoles before, by going after those in the market for a DVD player. If the PSX 2 has already been out tapping that market for 6 or 8 months, can MS get a foot in the door? 'twill be interesting, to say the least.
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