As of this writing, we%26rsquo;re already three weeks into 2010. The %26ldquo;new%26rdquo; year is already practically ancient, and pretty soon we%26rsquo;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%26rsquo;re going for the jugular and answering the question that%26rsquo;s on everyone%26rsquo;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%26rsquo;s anyone%26rsquo;s game at this point%26hellip; or is it?
We don%26rsquo;t just mean in terms of sales, of course; if our premise was as boring as that, we%26rsquo;d just say %26ldquo;Wii%26rdquo; right here and that%26rsquo;d be the end of the article. Instead, to give each console (and yes we know PCs aren%26rsquo;t %26ldquo;consoles,%26rdquo; shut up) a fighting chance, we%26rsquo;re going to pre-emptively choose a victor based on what we think they%26rsquo;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 %26ndash; there%26rsquo;s still a lot going on this year that hasn%26rsquo;t been revealed, and likely won%26rsquo;t be until E3 in June %26ndash; but based on everything we know right now, here%26rsquo;s how we think the next round of the console wars is going to play out: