Boys look. And I really don't care enough one way or another. While I own and play on all of the consoles, I play the PC day to day. I am a PC gamer.
However, let me point out that late gen adaptors don't have a major impact on the biz side of the console market(esp in terms of Software). Let that sink in a bit. Wrap your heads around it. Think about it. I read a gameindustry piece on it this past summer when they noted that PS3 was catching up and it was irrelevent. Note, this is me pairaphrasing their article. Not so much my opinion, tho I agree with it.
Late gen console sales are made up of three major types of gamers.
Budget gamers. These guys play last gen tech a long time. When they do finaly move on to newer tech, they do so as late gen purchasers. These buyers don't traditionaly buy a lot of games and they prefer second hand, cheaper games. Their impact is minimal on a companies bottom line. Beyond the purchase of the hardware they offer very little support.
Casual gamers. These gamers enjoy the ocasional game. And while they often own consoles, they don't put a premium on playing cutting edge systems or games. Often times casual gamers buy cheaper, non trip a software, older outdated versions of long running franchises, and are also very prone to buying the few games they do buy as second hand copies. A gamer in this group would be happy buying FIFA 2010 for a fiver, while avoiding the full priced new release.
Multiple console owners. These guys are prolly the best of the lot. They already own a competetiters system. And once a system reaches a certian price point and the libary holds enough games of interest, these gamers jump on board. Your going to see these guys buying packed in bundles. A long time xb360 gamer might jump in when Sony offers an exclusive packed in like Uncharted 3 PS3 bundle. These folks tend to buy more games then the other two groups and offer a chance to be "converted" or at least convinced to to buy more games longer term and support the system, softwarewise. However, most of these core gamers don't wait deep into a systems lifecycle to make a purchase. And the other downer here is that they already see themself as owning a "Fav" game system. We see this all of the time in the posts here, a gamer says, "I buy most of my games for system X, and really only play the exclusives on system Y". These gamers, while often ocre gamers, are only part time supporters. Traditionaly they are going to support one system more thne the other, and they already own that system before buying a second/thrid system.
Gamers from all of these groups tend to shy away from DLC. They tend to shy away from new games. And they have a traditionaly minimal impact on the industry.
That doesn't mean that Sony selling new systems is bad. It isn't. It is great. But just because Sony is now narrowly ahead of MS in this gen sales isn't a reason to jump for joy. The fact is, the Wii outsold both systems. Yes the gen is over. Nintendo has stoped supporting Wii. They are now onto their next gen of hardware.
So coming back to the forums in two or three years and proclaiming a Sony victory is just plan silly. Because it isn't a contest about who sells the most numbers. It really isn't a contest at all tbh. It is a biz.
But briskness of sales is important. Profit made off of each sale is important(what good is out selling your competetors if you lose money on each sale and they don't?). The idea of losing money upfront and then remaking it back over time really hurt Sony/MS this gen. Nintendo made profit from the word go. That was smart.
So, I agree that pure number of systems sold mean VERY little. Esp at this point in the generation lifecycle. Feel free to disagree with me. But celebrating now is like playing football but the other team left and went home, while you stayed on the field and kept tallying up the goals. The game is over. Time to move on guys.
And really that illistraites the absurdness of it all. Who cares? Numbers alone don't paint the picture. Look at the top selling games on the Wii/PS3/xb360 gen. How many of them are PS3 exclusives? What system sold the most copies of Multiplatform games? That gives you a better picture.
But really, just enjoy what you enjoy, play what you like. Stop seaking validation and vindication is a sales chart.