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PlayStation had solidified its place as the new emperor with the success (and its cultural validation) of ps1. Ps2 was king before it even launched. You had to be anti Sony to avoid buying a ps2. Some N64 and DC owners. But every ps1 owner and their closest friend was going to buy a ps2. As long as it didn’t change its strategy, it would have won the generation no matter if it was late. However, Xbox would have probably absorbed 20-30 million of its sales. Without ps2 in a place of market dominance, shopper would have compared its potential and specifications a little closer and that would have helped Microsoft.