Best console is somewhat different to which would you rather have. AFAIK X-box is the most powerful, but throughout gaming history that has not meant much, look at how much market share the MD had when the SNES was vastly superior, the gameboy survived an entire generation before its recent makeovers completley seeing off the gamegear and Atari Lynx. Games have always been key, although sony pulled off a real coup with the marketing of the PSX, but they screwed up the PS2 launch badly. Nintendo launch late, which is a mistake as did Sega with the dreamcast. Just ask the betamax company, best isn't always best.
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I went for PS2, but we'll see in 6 months.
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