Sony?s next generation game console, the Playstation 2, is setting pulses racing in the electronic gaming world.
Speakers at the Gamexecutive conference in San Jose this week predicted that the device, which is expected to ship in 2000, would set a new standard for computer games, offering near photorealistic images. Sony is expected to demonstrate the console at a much anticipated keynote on Thursday.
Ron Chaimowitz, GT Interactive Software?s chairman and chief executive, said: "The Sony Playstation 2 will open a new era in digital entertainment," while Gary Gabelhouse, chief executive of Fairfield Research, a company that researches the game industry, predicted it would grab a commanding 46.6 per cent share of the console market. The next generation Nintendo device would corner 34.1 per cent, he said, while Sega?s recently introduced Dreamcast would be left with a mere 17 per cent.
But, Gabelhouse added, the overall growth of the market would enable all three major console vendors to do well, with an estimated 37.1 million next generation devices being sold ? almost twice as much as total sales of the current console generation.
"You can be third in this market and still do OK," he concluded.
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