"This is hard to think, and even harder to say, but if the editor of Next-Generation says it, I'm inclined to believe it: the PlayStation 3 will be the ultimate winner of this generation. And, like in an academic paper, the author actually defines what "winning" means (and what it doesn't mean).
First, "winning" isn't what it used to be: no one console will be an unmistakable dominant force; no one console will "fail." Rather, with this generation, all the players (Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo) will go home with some sort of prize. Nintendo will have "won" in opening up the video game market to a whole different group of people, for example. Microsoft may end up making some money off its Xbox Live Marketplace. And Sony has Blu-ray."