Sure the Xbox 360 has a lot to offer and the Nintendo Wii has achieved a level of success that no analysts could have predicted pre-2006, but the Playstation 3 continues to gain new features and offer increasingly better visuals and gameplay. The Wii’s motion controls were the big selling point for that console and the PS3 has a better version of that now with “Move”. The Xbox 360 has a stable and detailed online component in XBL, which Sony has answered with an ever-improving Playstation Network. Yes there were hiccups over the last month, but Sony has more than made up for it with improved security and free games! Playstation Plus has brought a load of new features to the online world and has even taken a play from Microsoft’s book with a timed-exclusive deal for content. We won’t even touch on the fact that Hulu Plus is still better on PS3 despite Microsoft having a year to prepare its version.
Looking back, every console generation has had a clear-cut winner since the 16-bit era. But those who remember the epic sales and fanboy battles between Sega and Nintendo for gamer’s cash in the 1990’s know that even with a front-runner for an entire generation, there’s no guarantee of who will come out on top in the end. The Sony Playstation 3 appears to be pulling a Super Nintendo this generation by staying competitive while bringing up the rear until the generation begins to slow. The Nintendo Wii is showing its age severely and even took a price cut this past month. No one can deny the almost weekly reports that pop-up about how the Xbox 360 is beginning to hit its peak performance levels.
The Playstation is poised to make a sprint for the finish line with power to spare, motion controls that blow anything the Wii has out of the water and a growing number of exclusives. When you look at the big name first-party exclusives, nothing compares on competing consoles. There’s no answer to God of War, Drake’s Fortune, Killzone, and the rest of the solid PS3 library of hits. It really does appear that the console has just begun to hit its stride. With all things considered, it’s not too farfetched to think the Playstation 3 can still be the overall sales winner when the dust clears from this generation of consoles. We’ll have to wait and see, but things are looking good.