Ahead of Xbox 720 and Playstation 4, What Was the Best Console of the Last Generation?

With the Wii U already released, the Xbox 360 celebrating around its last year and the Playstation 3 likely soon to follow, this console generation is coming to an end. So, before we go into the new era, now is the time to see how everyone did over these last several years.

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Godchild10202178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

I believe all three systems have done well this generation compared to the last one. But this generation won't be over once new hardware is released. I believe the current gen hardware will still continue to sell for a few more years, by at least 2 of the big 3, once next gen hits.

While Sony did lose a lot of third party exclusives, it did pick up that slack with its own first party titles, thanks to their first party companies. And for being a year late and only having less than 6 AAA titles less than the 360, is pretty good and they will make that up by time May 7th hits.

While the Wii was the biggest success this generation, it lose the most support with third parties, but they showed that their first party games will forever hold weight and will still sell their consoles. They also showed power doesn't always equal better games or better looking games. Look at Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2.

Microsoft came out of nowhere and took a great deal of market share from Sony and has made a home in the North America. While the 360 did take exclusives away from the PS3, that didn't mean the PS3 didn't try and make them multi-platform titles; look at Bioshock and Mass Effect.

This generation has been an uphill battle and I don't think anyone of them stopped putting up a fight. They all kept climbing and are still climbing until their makers put them to rest.

cpayne932178d ago

I feel like this generation really did rather poorly compared to the last one. The wii may have had some great exclusives, but the gamecube had more better ones in my opinion, along with better 3rd party support. The wii focused too much on motion control. Ps3 was the best console in my opinion, some of my favorite games this gen are exclusives on the system, but the ps2 is just too hard to beat imo.

Don't own an xbox yet so I can't say much about that. I've been planning to get one for halo forever, but I just can't make myself take the jump.

But anyway, the software overall isn't as good, at least not for me. Gaming has become more casual and more cinematic based, it feels like the controller is being taken out of your hands more often, and I'm not talking about the cutscenes, I'm talking about the gameplay itself. In Assassin's Creed you press one button and Ezio assassinates a character from above. In Splinter Cell Blacklist you will be able to tag up to four enemies at one time, press one button, and kill them all at once. There are exceptions to these games of course, but the trend just seems to be growing. I guess its just a different experience, maybe not necessarily good or bad, but I'm not a fan.

Hellsvacancy2178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

Good job Sony had Demon's Souls developed then.

Its been a great generation for rpgs imo, still waiting for that next gen Final Fantasy admittedly

I agree that games this gen have been developed with "action" in mind, Resident Evil is a great example (was gonna say Uncharted)

To answer the question, my answer is the PS3, MGS4 alone is reason enough to own a PS3, its a truely outstanding game, again, heavy on cinamtic action, but its awesome all the same, its an all round great

Edit: NO, Im talking about Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns Of The Patriots for the PS3, I dont understand your comment at all Hellvaguy, and to think, im the one whos high right now

hellvaguy2178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

"my answer is the PS3, MGS4 alone is reason enough to own a PS3, its a truely outstanding game"

Are your refering this this 360 version of MSG4?
Or the collection of Metal gear Solid titles?

Ezz20132178d ago

lol you think MGS4 is MGS:R ?!! XD lol

Rayansaki2178d ago


I think he means THIS x360 MGS4:

ApexHell2178d ago

@hellsvacancy i personally thought it was a terrible generation for rpg's compared to the ps2 era.

cpayne932178d ago

Hellsvacancy if I can give this generation anything, it's Demon's Souls, which may be my favorite game of all time. Portal 2 would also be up there.

MikeMyers2178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

This is just my own opinion after playing all 3 consoles:

When it comes to exclusive game content I think the PS3 did the best job. When it comes to ease of use the Xbox 360 was the better choice (Updates, playing online, didn't have to deal with mandatory installs). I also prefer the Xbox 360 controller.

I think the Xbox 360 started off on a better footing for gaming (if you disregard the sloppy hardware reliability). But it stalled after a few years with exclusive content and took a dramatic turn once Kinect came out. Now it's just coasting. The PS3 struggled in the beginning but got better as time went on. Both with the online service and the content (as well as developers coping with the hardware). The Wii did a great job at expanding the market but the Motion Plus that allowed 1:1 didn't get the support it needed. Too many shovelware titles kind of ruined the ability to get real gamers to support it.

In the end I was glad we have such a competing market this generation. That's what makes the next generation all the more interesting (It has actually already started with the Wii U). What the current generation has done is make all 3 more accountable. No longer will they be able to rely of history and loyalty. Consumers are more educated and seasoned from what has happened during the past 6-7 years. I also think some gamers like myself will be more apprehensive about buying any of them right away.

rpd1232178d ago


I'm sorry, but you're a fucking idiot.

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NiceGuy3602178d ago

A very well balanced, well said and well thought out comment Godchild.
I was going to put down a comment of my own but after what you said and the way you said it I can only say : THIS ^

iamnsuperman2178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

I feel Sony got unfairly criticised this generation even though they just did what the core fans want which is just pump out quality exclusives. They have done some odd things this generation (which they should be criticised for) but they also did what they were supposed to and gives us new quality exclusive ips for their platform.

NiceGuy3602178d ago

I believe the criticism SONY recieved was a catalyst to them upping their game.
They started this generation on an arrogant foot, and the media did not take to well to that and crucified them when the ps3 didn't sell like SONY hoped it would. SONY got a spoonful of humble pie and got knocked off their high horse good and prosper

deep_fried_bum_cake2178d ago

How did they start out on "an arrogant foot"?

Because they weren't willing to pay huge amounts of money to keep games exclusive?

Because they sold the PS3 at a high price, because it was so expensive to make?

It was entirely realistic for them to expect people to buy it, based on how well the PS2 had done. And people did buy it, just not if you compare it to the Wii, which compared to the PS3 was being sold dirt cheap and also had the backing of people other than gamers.

Sony wasn't served "humble pie", they were unfairly criticised.

NiceGuy3602178d ago

The next generation doesn't start until we say so.
It's a playstation (so of course people will buy it)
We want people to get second jobs so they can afford a ps3.
The wii is a toy
No self respecting 20 something year old would own a 3DS

I'm paraphrasing of course but doesn't tilt sound a tad arrogant to you?

andibandit2178d ago


WOW were you born yesterday????

Ezz20132178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

this gen won't over untill both sony and Ms stop making ps3s and xboxs or stop support their consoles ..i know sony will still support ps3 till 2015 along with ps4
not because next gen consoles are coming mean this gen is over

anyway for me ps3 is the best console of this gen
thanks to the Huge 1st party games of every genre possible and 2nd/3rd party support

TheRealSpy2178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

Okama Gamesphere!

Catoplepas2178d ago

Simple. The PS3.

It has the most diverse library by a considerable margin. Nothing else matters.

I still maintain this entire generation sucks in comparison to the previous two though. All pretty visuals and no substance.

PersonMan2178d ago

Agreed. Seems like everyone only cares how good a game looks rather than the actual game part of it. Almost every game this generation has unoriginal generic stories and just shoot a bunch of people then move onto the next part.

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