are the professional analysts whose job it is to research, keep track
of, advise their clients, and opine to the media about the gaming
business. Analyze This cuts right to the chase: Rather than
reporting on a subject, and throwing in quotes by analysts to support
or refute a point, Gamasutra offers up a timely question
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As we enter 2007, we at Gamasutra
wondered what overall predictions the analysts have for the industry.
Obviously, this is a very significant year for each of the three
console manufacturers. So we asked Mike Wolf of ABI Research, David
Cole of DFC Intelligence and Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan
Securities the following:
Is the Wii destined to soon be
the #1 next generation console? What do you think could prevent this
from being the year when Nintendo reigns supreme?
has surpassed 10 million Xbox 360s sold, but do you think the console
will be on track to sell more than the original Xbox (which was a money
loser for Microsoft)? What do you expect Microsoft to do this year for
the 360 (a price cut?)? What do you think the company should do?
the big question: the PlayStation 3. Has Sony given too much priority
to winning the high-def DVD war over console gaming to affect its
bottom line? Is the company stealthily lying in wait? What do you
theorize is Sony's strategy, and what's your opinion of it?