Back in 2007 Malstrom wrote a interesting article about how the Wii do not compete against the HD twins and why the HD twin are in the same generation of the Playstation 2/Xbox/GameCube.
Every time a new console creates fresh unique experiences is when a new “Generation” is born. Decades from now when historians write on this period, they will definitely place Wii as the start of a new “Generation” and Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 will be seen as the peak experiences of the Playstation 2 Generation.
What! You are astonished that I would place the HD systems as a “Generation” behind? After all, we have heard from many that the HD systems were a “Generation” ahead and that Wii, itself, was part of the Playstation 2 generation. But stop looking at hardware and look at user experiences (which is what “Generation” is). It is no coincidence that the biggest competition the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 have is the Playstation 2.