Apparently, EA has a Magic 8 Ball that will tell them whether or not the new systems will be out in 2005 or 2006.
Before the end of the year, the publishing giant will have a good idea of whether or not there will be a new line of consoles out in time for 2005.
In a Reuters interview, company CEO Larry Probst talked about this, as can be seen in an excerpt from the news article:
"We will know when we begin to get first-generation development systems, because typically we get our hands on those about two years before launch," Probst said, speaking at the company's headquarters after its annual shareholder meeting. "So if they start showing up in the fall of this year, then we can pretty confidently predict it's 2005.
"If we don't start to get them until '04 then it's probably an '06 launch." he said. "So that's going to get sorted out in the next four to six months."
For reference, both Sony and Nintendo are reported to be focusing on a 2005 launch of their respective new systems.