As a person not blinded by nostalgia: PS5. Yeah, sure, it's the most powerful, but I also believe that the industry is by and large better now than it's ever been and the PS5 is a console that shows that. We have some of the best looking and playing AAA titles, we have Indies of all shapes and sizes, and after way too long of focusing on either end of the spectrum I feel like we're getting middle-tier games again and that makes me very happy. You know, stuff that ain't Calladoody level AAA or Indies made up of teams of 10 people, the stuff like Bloodborne that has a respectable budget but isn't lighting up the charts and the devs don't complain about it selling below expectations with a respectable as heck 2+million copies sold. I think that the current generation comprised of the PS5, XSX, and the Switch encapsulate so much about why I love gaming. WE have options. we have quality AND quantity. We have some amazing games. We have shit like Elden Ring selling 12+ million copies in less than a month despite CLEARLY being a mid-range niche title. IT's just so awesome.
It used to be the PS4, but then the PS5 came out with a better controller and nearly 100% backwards compatibility to it. So the PS5 can do everything the PS4 can do, plus it does the things that PS4 does better (More consistent framerate and performance options), as well as PS5 things.
My Rankings go PS5 > PS4 > PS2 > PS3 > PS1
And Ps3 is only not in there chronologically because the industry was getting pretty shitty at the time and the first 3-4 years of that console were bunk. PS1 hasn't aged well at all, and while I don't think most PS2 games aged all that well either, the sheer volume of games on it and the sheer variety of those games meant that it was special.
So yeah, clearly the least popular option, but I Love the Ps5 a tonne. It's still new and has managed to impress me, plus it does everything my previous fave did but better and with a better controller, plus we're also getting into a time where I think gaming is awesome. Yeah sure there's crap from the big three (Activision, EA, and Ubisoft) that are generic, exploitative garbage, but you can avoid ALL of that and still not be able to keep up with all the cool shit we get. what other era could we get something as niche as Sifu or Elden Ring or Returnal? like, Returnal is a game that is a third person SHMUP that is also procedurally generated and actually has a pretty great story. How unique is that? It just feels like a good time to be alive when it comes to gaming.
And I'm sure I'll like the PS6 even more when it eventually comes out. I use my PS5 for everything. My Living room has a Switch and PS5 in it, and it's a perfect gaming hub. I plan on getting a Series X eventually as well (once all those promised games start actually coming out, maybe for Starfield). The Switch is also my second favourite Nintendo console (Next only to the nostalgia favourite SNES), and even though I don't have one yet the XSX is my favourite Xbox, becuase even though I criticize the heck out of microsoft I think what they bring to the table is valuable and I think the Series X/S is going to end up being their strongest offering for the same reason I love the Ps5. I don't care about GamePass, but a lot of people do and a lot of the things they offer are great.
I'm always for more variety in my gaming.
My Console Library:
PS4, PS3, PS2, PS1, WiiU, Wii, GCN, N64 SNES, XBO, 360
3DS, DS, GBA, Vita, PSP, Android
Top 6 this generation:
Bloodborne, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, God of War, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Dark Souls III, Red Dead Redemption II, Rock Band 4