"We feel we're in a good position for the Christmas season because our system is available," said Chris Gilbert, executive vice president of sales for Sega, which makes the high-powered Dreamcast console. "The industry's been waiting for the PlayStation 2 launch, and the closer we get to it the more disappointed people are going to be, because they're not going to be able to find the system."
He may be right - initially. But Sony is pledging to produce 100,000 units a week to try and meet holiday demand. Among other games available for Thursday's launch - averaging about $40 each - are Capcom's "Street Fighter Ex3," Namco's "Ridge Racer V," Sony's own "Fantavision" and T&E Soft's "Swing Away Golf." Altogether, Sony says, 26 titles will be available at launch time, with 50 more games in the works for the holidays.