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Robbie Bach: PS3 Mistakes Helped Xbox 360 Succeed

Microsoft's ex head of Entertainment and Devices has commented on the move from sixth to seventh generation consoles, saying that the Xbox 360 has the poor handling of the PS2 to PS3 handover to thank for at least part of its success.

Despite dominating the previous generation - to date there are over 150 million PS2s in the wild - Sony dropped the ball when it came to switching over to the third PlayStation."They mismanaged their 70 percent market share. It's a long conversation," Bach began.

"The transition to PlayStation 3 was really, really bad. And really hard. They mismanaged their partners, they mismanaged their cost structure. They made their next platform so complicated that developers couldn't develop for it."

Not to mention the fact that Sony didn't even bring the console out till a year after the Xbox 360 was released. It took the Japanese electronics firm a long time to gain any traction after that.

This is the sort of lead that Nintendo will have with its Wii U if release rumours are to be believed. It's thought that the next-gen system will hit shelves for Christmas 2012, while Microsoft and Sony's competitive offerings won't be available until 2013. Will this give Nintendo the same sort of helping hand it gave Microsoft? Undoubtedly. Will it be enough to make the Wii sequel the dominant next-gen system? We'll have to wait and see.

Source: Geek Wire

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