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Sit Down and Shut Up: No One is Winning the Console War

Now that we have THREE major consoles out at one time we seem to have a battle royale for who gets the most sales and can call themselves the winner of this epic battle. Well let me tell you, as someone who owns all three (Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii) I have to say that I think no one is winning this battle yet and I will tell you why.

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Breakfast3749d ago

Because the wii has already won.

HighDefinition3749d ago (Edited 3749d ago )

Good thing the WII isn`t a "gamers" console, and Nintendo isn`t a "gaming" company anymore.

IMO, anyway.

toughNAME3749d ago

toughNAME will win the console war

PoSTedUP3749d ago

no one is winning as of right now because it is still too early. someone WILL win though.

Voiceofreason3749d ago

Nintendo is selling and producing 2.4 million Wii's a month. The US install base of PS3 is only 5 million. In two months they will sale enough Wii's to counter Sony's entire US install base.. In order for the PS3 to even catch up the Wii would have to completely stop selling for 2 years. It might not be set in stone just yet but it will take a serious miracle for either the 360 or the PS3 to take on the Wii's numbers.

Breakfast3749d ago

Because they changed the way people look at games?

lol.

I dont have a wii, dont care for one. But they have definitely won the console wars.

...but i heard toughNAME, is putting up a good fight.

mistertwoturbo3749d ago

There's a split between hardcore gamers and casual gamers. 15 million PS3s and 20 million 360's vs 30 million Wii's.

35 million gamers worldwide still want Gears of Wars, Resistances, God of Wars, Fables, Alan Wakes, Heavy Rains, etc. etc. etc.

Nintendo is just really luck this generation making a game cube with motion controls.

Captain Tuttle3749d ago (Edited 3749d ago )

The Wii "won".
The denial on this site is comedy.

Bubble Buddy3749d ago

i thought Chuck Norris was winning.

Mr Fancy Pants3749d ago

console wars is for core gamers and fanboys so the Wii doesn't matter. why? the Wii's for casuals.

Silellak3749d ago (Edited 3749d ago )

If you think the "hardcore" companies like Microsoft and Sony aren't paying very, very close attention to the Wii's success just because it's "for casuals", then you're incredibly mistaken.

People can close their eyes and kick and scream all they want about how the Wii isn't a "real gamer's" console, but it doesn't change the fact that it will quite likely have the greatest impact on the future of gaming than any of the 3 consoles of this generation.

For better or for worse.

Breakfast3749d ago

But it doesnt take from the fact, that it outsells everyone else by double.

vickers5003749d ago

The Wii "won".
The denial on this site is comedy. "

Ya, if you are a douchebag and determine the success of the console wars as "units sold". I say whatever ends up with the best(quality) games wins.

The Lazy One3749d ago

It's a misconception because in the past one console has won in all categories.

There's pure console numbers sold, software sold, market share, and pure profit to look at.

There will likely be favorable finishes to every console this generation.

Silellak3749d ago

That's an incredibly subjective thing, then. Someone could argue they prefer more of the XBox exclusives (as few as there were) last generation to the PS2 exclusives and thus the XBox "won" last generation, but no one says that. Everyone says the PS2 "won" - and it did.

Why?

Sales. Because sales are the only things that aren't subjective. You can pretend that the system with the "most quality" games wins the console war, if you want. But I guarantee you the companies who MAKE those systems are going to be paying far, far more attention to units sold.

In the end, this is a business, so it all comes down to the bottom line - money.

morganfell3749d ago (Edited 3749d ago )

Well Tuttle I have to disagree. The Wii has won in sales. And it will eventually plateau. It may even plateau soon enough that the PS3 could come close if this gen lasts 5 years. I don't believe it will though the PS3 will certainly be supported that long. And I pick the PS3 as the only console with a ghost of a chance because evolution, Bluray adoption, sales trends, and every analyst predicts it will overtake the 360.

Now why do I disagree the Wii has won? Because the Wii won in sales and among families and grannies but depending on your definition of what it means to be a gamer then in that case the Wii is barely on the board. If you want to talk genre bending, boundary pushing gaming then the Wii has barely shown up to the party.

If your game sucks and the only thing that saves it is the control mechanism, then your game sucks. No one is going to look back in 10 years and say, "Wow, Wii game such and such really broke new ground" But people will look back and say MGS4 is a game that will always be considered a remarkable achievement. Or the HALO series defined how to do a trilogy in gaming. The fact that I had to say 'Wii game such and such' rather than note a specific title is already an indication and actually quite sad that they could lead without really achieving anything of note.

Silellak3749d ago

And...we have a winner!

No one will outright "win" or "lose" this generation, I don't think. All of the big three will certainly release consoles for the next generation, hopefully all of them learning from the mistakes of this generation:

1. From Microsoft: Don't rush a poorly tested console to the market. Include a hard drive on ALL VERSIONS of your console.

2. From Sony: Console price points $500 and above are bad.

3. From Nintendo: Appeal to casuals if you want, but don't ignore the hardcore. Stop milking the same old francises and try to be a BIT more creative.

If ALL of the companies learned ALL of these lessons, the next generation would be AMAZING. However, sadly, I wouldn't count on it.

INehalemEXI3749d ago (Edited 3749d ago )

I own all 3 and though the wii is winning atm. I can tell you I seriously don't have much expectations for the wii beyond 09.

PS3 is going to bring me most of what im looking for in the next 5+ years and I expect 360 will bring some goods for a couple more years too. PS4, Wii 2 and Xbox 720 are going to come out in a time when PS3 is at #1 in sales of this current generation I do believe. It will approach or surpass PS2's record before all said and done.

Im not opposed to buying a $500 Next-Gen console if its specs are worthy , $700 is my limit. Not counting bundle prices. If there was a sweet bundle I would go to $800 max. I admit this is not the target price for a console to hit mainstream. Theres always price cuts though. I want a powerfull console with a long life cycle.

snoopgg3749d ago (Edited 3749d ago )

The wii really never evolved to the next gen. It still relies on kiddy games with lackluster graphics. It really won't make it another 3 years. Who will buy it for its bad graphics, sorry list of gamea and terrible online in 3 years when the other two consoles have so much more to offer at a lower price by then. The ps3 and 360 are the only true hd consoles this generation. The wi is a toy that can't compete with the hardcore crowd. Casual gamers enjoy your toy, while you can. As the ps3 and 360 will only get better visually, the wi will never have the power to evolve to hd!!!!

JsonHenry3749d ago

All the while PC manufacturers and vendors are laughing their asses off on the way to the bank.

Cenobia3748d ago

If winning means the company with the most money in the end, then the Wii has already won. It's the only console that makes money on each piece of hardware sold, so Nintendo can basically do laps in a 50 mile wide pool of liquid hot gold with all the money they've made.

I honestly don't care if the Wii "won" though. I'm enjoying the hell out of my PS3.

And I'm getting tired of the comment that the "PS3 is a glorified/updated PS2." WTF is that even supposed to mean? Isn't the 360 an updated xbox? What a stupid thing to say. Sony has evolved quite a bit, even when just looking at the online component.

In summary, the author of this article is an idiot.

thebudgetgamer3748d ago (Edited 3748d ago )

we are as gamers. No matter what you are into as a gamer its out there for you. There is even a wealth of content for non gamers. So rejoice fellow gamers for it is a great time to be a gamer

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Sonics0203749d ago

What a terribly written article is reasons for not liking the PS3 was because there are no Atlus games on it? Lets have a realistic look at both consoles they are both great and have much to offer. Gamewise both have a great selection and this holiday season will be an excellent time to be gamer for both PS3 owners and 360 owners.

SpaZaA3749d ago

I love the fact you said "both consoles"...I thought there was 3? oh wait, nevermind.

HighDefinition3749d ago

That`s what I`m saying.

I don`t include the Wii in ANYTHING I talk about.

DA_SHREDDER3749d ago

But the only thing I see that microsoft has is Fable 2, and its multiplats. Pretty soon it wont even beable to handle multiplats because of its dvd9, its lack of space, and the high cost of royalty fees.

jamilion3749d ago

i also get paid to become an analyst? What do you guys think? I think we can all become Michael Patcher.

dro3749d ago

tell that to the fan bois,there the ones that think if there rival system is sellin less that all hell is going loss in there company.. at the end of the day sony,nintendo,ms are all gonna have a large instal base and will make loads of money.