Microsoft will ship its Xbox 360 video game system several months ahead of Sony's PlayStation 3, but have no fear, Microsoft has some interesting plans to counter a PlayStation 3 launch in 2006. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said this week that his company will ship the eagerly awaited Xbox 360 title Halo 3 at the same time as Sony ships its PlayStation 3, in order to blunt PlayStation 3 excitement and keep the Xbox 360 ball rolling. It's a great and aggressive strategy, and one we think will keep Microsoft at the top of the video game heap throughout 2006.