That was quite an amazing console generation. Based purely on sales figures, you'd have to say that the Wii "won". Wth the PS3 having now over-taken the 360 in sales terms, many folk will say that the 360 "lost" that gen. But, for me, the 360 was the dominant games machine for the bulk of that period. Sure, *everyone* seemed to own a Wii, but for keen gamers the 360 led the way in terms of gaming range and quality. In later years, when MS simply - and oddly - dropped the 360, the PS3 ploughed on and coders eventually drove the best out if it..
IMHO, of course. And this isn't a dig at the PS3; I still like a lot of stuff for that machine .
jawafour wrote:That was quite an amazing console generation. Based purely on sales figures, you'd have to say that the Wii "won". Wth the PS3 having now over-taken the 360 in sales terms, many folk will say that the 360 "lost" that gen.
It certainly was, 3 great competitors all all offering something unique and successful.
Microsoft focused on competition and community bringing online gaming to the mainstream. Halo 3, COD and FIFA were all immensely popular in this new online age. 360 started well and sold consistently throughout the generation.
Nintendo focused on family and fun catering for everyone from toddlers and pensioners with Wii Sports not forgetting their core base with arguably their greatest ever game, Mario Galaxy. They certainly won the sprint but by the turn of the decade the "fad" seemed to have died out. Still, a cultural icon.
Sony focused on culture and art with their expensive Blu-ray player which, eventually, delivered amazing cinematic games in the send half like Uncharted 2, Journey and Last of Us. Started slowly but really got going towards the end. Being the only console still in production who knows where the total sales will end.
That kinda chart is exactly the thing that will drive the story when folks look back on that gen in the future. On the surface it would appear that the 360 only gained third spot; but in reality it was the dominant platform for much of the period.