Which console will win 2010?

Four systems, four editors and five different reasons why each could claim this year as its own

As of this writing, we’re already three weeks into 2010. The “new” year is already practically ancient, and pretty soon we’ll have run out of time to make wild, erratic, entirely factual predictions about things that will happen over the next 11 months. So with January nearly over, we’re going for the jugular and answering the question that’s on everyone’s mind: between the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and PC, which gaming platform will claim victory by the end of this year.

Above: It’s anyone’s game at this point… or is it?

We don’t just mean in terms of sales, of course; if our premise was as boring as that, we’d just say “Wii” right here and that’d be the end of the article. Instead, to give each console (and yes we know PCs aren’t “consoles,” shut up) a fighting chance, we’re going to pre-emptively choose a victor based on what we think they’ll be able to offer users over the course of this year. And to ensure a fair fight, we pulled together four editors, each with a vested interest in a different platform, to make five arguments for why their machine of choice will stomp its competitors into paste this year.

Obviously, we could end up being fantastically wrong – there’s still a lot going on this year that hasn’t been revealed, and likely won’t be until E3 in June – but based on everything we know right now, here’s how we think the next round of the console wars is going to play out:

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