According to analyst firm Strategy Analytics, the PS3's delay is unlikely to have much of an effect
on the next-gen race, reports GameDailyBiz. From the article: "While 2006 sales will clearly fall short of previous expectations, Strategy Analytics maintains its previous forecast of PS3 sales of 121.8 million units through 2012 ... This compares to expected sales of Microsoft's Xbox 360 of 58.8 million units over the same period."
Gamasutra reports that, from Steve Ballmer's perspective, the opposite is true
. From that article: "In every other generation, the first guy to 10 million consoles was the number one seller in the generation ... Did we just get an even better opportunity to be the first guy to 10 million? Yeah, of course we did."
This all assumes the console launches this year.