GamesIndustry.biz has the news that the Xbox 2 will be launched sometime in late fall
of this year. With EA games already working on Xbox 2 titles
and rumors of a name for the console
in circulation, it looks like the first of the next-gen consoles will be here soon. From the article: "Many have expressed concern that Microsoft is forcing the next generation of console hardware too early, and that the current generation still has much to achieve. The most famous example of this came from then Nintendo of Europe MD David Gosen speaking at an ELSPA summit in London last October, where he lambasted Microsoft for pushing a next generation machine to market in 2005, and even went so far as to question Microsoft's motivation as profit."
Additionally, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has Balmer saying that they will "blow by Sony
" with their next console.