The console race is far from over so why is everybody trying so hard to pick a winner. Sure the 360 got of to an early lead, but poor hardware is hurting it's success. The Wii is tearing up the market introducing more people to gaming than ever, but the mainly casual focus of the software is turning off gamers and can be seen when looking at hardware sales compared to software adoption rates. And then there's Sony with the PS3, once again they are trying to be the all in one entertainment device (web, movies, and games), but the high price and lack of games aren't drawing in gamers.
Taking Nintendo out the race, the 360 seems to be the clear winner with a growing selection of games and the outstanding Xbox live service, But just how long can it stay in the race against the PS3. Sony smartly future proof their system pushing hd-gaming, introducing advance hardware (namely the cell processor), and also advancing software (namely the blu-ray disc). Now reinsert Nintendo does advance hardware really matter, it may not seem like it from the incredible hardware sales ... but looking at the games maybe it does. Sure Nintendo is making a killing of hardware sales alone, but the lack of games (not the tech demo crap they been pushing) one has to wonder how long it's going to last. Now we jump to Sony with the tech heavy PS3 why isn't it ruling the market ..... easily price it's just too expensive to be an impose buy, and games there just aren't enough of them to draw gamers in. Well that's were the war is now each system having it's ups and downs with no clear all around winner so why are people so quick to pick a winner simply from short term success.
Picking a winner now seems silly to me. Developers will get use to the PS3 hardware and make full use of the software all you have to do is look at the PS1, PS2, and PSP. The more time they have to program games the better they'll get. The Wii and 360 may need upgrades sooner than the PS3 ..... no matter how poorly Sony's choice may have been, the PS3 is the most advance system on the market, it's way ahead of the others and as time goes on this will start to show more. Funny how the Hd-dvd vs Blu-Ray race also play into this .... no matter which one wins the movie race Sony already has the lead when it comes to gaming and that might just give the blu-ray disc the edge it need to pull ahead. You know there's going to be a hd-dvd or blu-ray xbox coming soon, if developer get a handle on the ps3 and it becomes the lead platform. The Wii approach maybe the best of all but if they don't get more games out for gamers it may burnout sooner ..... casual market success can only go so far.
Oh and please people stop looking at short terms sales numbers they really aren't useful for showing who's the clear winner. The race is starting to heat up, the big three are testing their strategies to see who's going to pull ahead ... only time will tell who the winner really is once all the smoke has cleared. And man there's way too much smoke when it comes to sales numbers, you got the wholesale, merchant, consumer sales then there the shipped, in the channel, sold thing who's to say where the data is coming from each company is going to use the best figures to spin their success stories. Does it really matter ..... nope!
It's the games that are most important not the hardware they are on. Gamers stop trying to pick a system winner and enjoy the games that are out there ..... then we the GAMERS are the winners!