Interesting article reviewing the sales performance of the three big gaming consoles: the Playstation, the X-Box, and the Wii. It appears Nintendo (who makes the Wii) continues to drub the competition by maintaining its focus on non-traditional gamers (smaller kids, moms, etc.), while the other two companies battle it out for the hardcore gamers. What is interesting is that Playstation's Blu-Ray capacity hasn't given it the lift one would expect, apparently because most consumers think Blu-Ray will go the route of Laser Disc rather than DVD.
We own a Wii, a gift from Grandma for the kids. I have to say, it's perfect for smaller children - the games are kid-friendly, the mechanics are easier, and they do require some degree of movement (which allows a parent like me to feel slightly better about my kids being in front of the TV, rationalization though it may be). I have to say, though, that thus far it has had only a limited appeal for me, primarily due to the reasons cited in the article - few games that interest me. On the other hand, I don't have much time for that stuff anymore anyway, and with more limited time, I prefer to spend it doing other things.
I hope to significantly upgrade my television/entertainment system at some point in the near future (though since I've been thinking about it for over a year, the "near future" could well mean within the next 5-10 years), and as part of the upgrade, I might pursue the Playstation route, in lieu of a stand-alone Blu-Ray player. However, I'm not sold on that yet, and that may be Sony's problem - if they can't get a guy like me to pay a little more for a Blu-Ray player that also offers gaming, it's no wonder they are struggling in third place.