MMGN writes: The PlayStation 3 was released in North America in November of 2006, making it four-and-a-half years old and leading into its fifth year in the market. That makes it an aggressive contender in the industry for longer than both the Xbox and Gamecube from last generation.
However, the competition has been slightly different in the seventh generation of video game consoles. Nintendo lured in the casual 'non-gamer' -- the mums and fathers, sisters and grandparents -- with the Wii, while Microsoft got the early jump with the launch of the Xbox 360 in November of 2005, leading the way with a solid online platform and online console gaming superiority.
So what was Sony going up against when it launched the PlayStation 3 at the end of 2006? It was coming up against Microsoft and its Xbox 360, a console with essentially its own monopoly for 12 months, and Nintendo with the Wii, a console that was always going to sell like hotcakes (when you're aiming for the lowest common denominator, it's easy to sell by the truck load).