As the current console war is coming close to its end with the announcement of the PS4 and the Wii U being released, I think now is the best time to decide which system won this generations console war.
The console war between the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii began in 2006. It has been 7 years that these consoles have been battling each other for the top spot in the gaming market and after so much fighting, which console won?
The underlying question is, what is the criteria are we using for basing which console won the war? It is sales, reviews, games or hardware? I believe that the general consensus of the public regarding which console won is the one that had the highest amount of sales.
This generation’s console war has been a long and hard fought battle between Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. There have been many ups and downs for all three of these gaming companies. The Wii made a soft impact early but steadily gained popularity as time passed due to the innovative and revolutionary play style. Xbox 360 and PS3 battled over sales and both offered different features to the consumer. PS3 offered Bluray, free online play and built in wi-fi. The Xbox 360 offered better online gameplay, lower price point and the Halo series.
All in all, the Xbox 360 and PS3 both did not innovate and only improved upon existing technology.
Later on in the console war, Sony and Microsoft would begin to realize that you cannot only rely on graphics to sell games, leading to the creation of the Move and Kinect. From the beginning, the Wii was the oddball because it did not stick to the conventional style of improving graphical performance like the other companies. Nintendo innovated and at first it didn’t look good, but in the end, the innovation payed off.
The Wii leads all three companies in units sold. Which inevitability would lead many people to say that the Wii won this generation’s console war.
Personally, I also believe that the Wii won due to its simple yet fun play style and low price point. The casual and revolutionary gameplay of the Wii captured the casual gamer market which resulted in Nintendo selling many Wiis.
Basically, this question comes down to each person’s perception of success. Is success defined by sales, innovation or graphical power? Which console do you believe won this generation’s console war? Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii? Please feel free to comment.