With the next generation of consoles looming large on the horizon, maybe it's time to ask the inevitable question: Which machine won the current war?
Sure, it's still going on for Sony and Microsoft and there are few heavy-hitting AAA titles on the horizon, but one can accurately gauge the performances of the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii, right? Shouldn't be too tough.
If you're strictly adhering only to sales numbers, the Wii is the answer…for now. At last check, Nintendo's system is closing in on 100 million units sold worldwide, but with the Wii U already out, the original Wii's total won't rise much. On the other hand, the Xbox 360 is at around 70 million and the PS3 also sits at over 70 million; both consoles stand to sell quite a few more units in the coming years, especially the PS3. At this rate, many will say the PS3 will end up on top once again in the worldwide count when all is said and done.
That's just speculation, of course. If you want to consider other factors beside the sales, you could always look at the software. If that's the case, I can once again make the argument for the PS3 on the strength of its exclusives alone, which in my opinion are often head-and-shoulders above the competition. Then again, you could also say that during the first few years of its existence, there was a multiplatform issue for the PS3, in that 360 versions of games were typically more stable. But if we're going to examine the first few years, it's hard to get away from the catastrophic failure rate of Microsoft's console, which made global headlines.
The Wii sold like mad out of the gate and managed to snag all sorts of non-gamers; i.e., the consumers who had never even owned a video game console before. That's a pretty impressive achievement and currently, it has sold the most. If you want to take this from a domestic standpoint, the winner could be the 360, as it usually dominated sales charts in the US. There's a lot to consider, but what do you say?