1 hour ago, W3bbo wrote
Announcing the Xbox 3 at E3 2012 makes sense: often products announced at E3 don't hit the retail shelves for another year, if not longer.
That all depends on the kind of product that is being announced, and what kind of field it is entering... as if you announce too early, you either risk killing your existing sales, or look bad for taking a rather long time to release an announced product.
Lets look at (a sample of) history... the 360 was announced in May 2005... and released in November 2005... 6 months.
The PS3 was announced in May 2005... and released in November 2005... 6 months.
The PS2 was announced in March 1999, and released in March 2000... 12 months.
The Wii was announced in May 2005, and released in November 2006... 18 months.
What about the original Xbox? Well it was announced in March 2000... and released in November 2001... 20 months.
You'll notice a trend... a decreasing amount of time between initial announcement & launch... and when you spend time working for a company that does major releases like that and/or spend any time talking to a smart marketing person... you quickly come to realize why that is (as stated above).
Remember how Half-Life 2 rocked everyone in May/June 2003 but it took until October 2004 for the game to actually come out.
You assume that they intended it to take that long... just ask 3d Realms about how well early pre-announcements work out.
[quote]The Wii U is set for a 2012 release date too (no-doubt staggered, but hopefully not as much as the 21-month delay between the SNES being launched in Japan and Australia getting their hands on it).[quote]
It is a different market then vs now. Sure companies still stagger, not to the degree they did 20 or even 10 years ago.