The countdown is on for Microsoft's next generation game machine. Here's what to expect.
Game Over January 7, 2005: 10:38 AM EST Game Over is a weekly column by Chris Morris NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – New year, new hardware. Welcome to 2005 – when things should get really interesting for the gaming industry. 2004 was a golden year for software. But this year, hardware takes center stage – and could hold the spotlight for the next two years. Sony got the ball rolling, kind of, on Wednesday, giving a few details about the U.S. launch of the PSP, its first entry in the handheld gaming space. Actually, Sony waffled so much on its much-anticipated announcement that it left gamers craving a side of eggs and hashbrowns. Rather than giving a hard launch date or any sort of pricing information, the company only announced the device would "most likely" be released in late March. While the lack of details won't reduce demand for the PSP, eyes are now starting to turn to Microsoft, which will likely give the first details about its follow-up to the Xbox in March.