Vivendi Europe VP Adam
Roberts, in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz
told the site that the "Xbox probably needs help at the
moment." Roberts feels that retailers are looking to clear off shelf space, and the original Xbox will be a prime
target for removal. He emphasizes that Microsoft should focus on publishing fewer, although higher-quality, titles for
its fading console. In his words, "It's not just the responsibility of the retailer... It's a partnership between
the publisher, Microsoft and the retailer, not any one of those in isolation."
Roberts used Sony's
PlayStation, which has only recently gone out of production
, as an example of a
consoles who enjoyed a long life after its replacement was launched. Both the PlayStation 2 and GameCube are expected
to see some high-profile releases this year, with God of War 2
and Legend of Zelda: Twilight
, respectively, coming out around the time of their next-generation offerings. How can Microsoft retain
interest in its original Xbox?