Todd Hollenshead, id Software's CEO, has said he believes the Xbox 360 giant is the likely front runner for going next-gen first, they've "recouped" a lot of costs.
Microsoft "already planning the transition" with the current platform pushing to year six, "maybe seven". Right now there's"major disincentives" to start another cycle, like global recession.
"Somebody’s going to do it, and - to me - probably the player who's in the best position to do so is Microsoft, because I do think they’ve recouped a lot of the costs of their console," Hollenshead told .
Maybe they’ll push the Xbox 360 "to year six - maybe seven - but I've got to believe that they're already planning the transition now, and they have their eye on the ball as to what it is, because I think they see that there are some weaknesses that they can exploit with what's going on at Sony," he continued.
Fear not desktop gamers, "the PC is going to gain substantial competitive leverage by virtue of superior technology" which consoles just won't be able to measure up to.
When this happens, the platform holders will have no choice but to play their hand and begin the new console cycle. The PS3 "is still a problem for Sony" he said, referring to the install base. The cost of Xbox 360 and PS3 are still above mainstream or mass market.
Much like the nerd, the PC shall inherit the Earth - not the athlete or home console. Rejoice brothers!
Hollenshead says Microsoft in "best position" to go next-gen first
25 August 2009 | By Simon Priest