To be fair, in terms of being a gaming device I doubt the PS3 will be the first thing on anyone's mind. It will undoubtedly be Wii -> 360 -> PS3. That being said, Sony made leaps and bounds in the last few years but even so I think the only reason they've made up sales is because all the people who owned a 360 eventually bought a PS3. Also a majority of sales go to Sony's initial marketing of the PS3 as a media device. Sales numbers aren't really a great representative of how well a console did in a generation. What matters is its image in the market and from what I can tell Microsoft has made a bigger impression (although that has been dwindling more and more as this generation continues to get stretched to its limit).
I guess the best response to this is "Time heals all wounds". At least in sales numbers.
Because of an old saying, and that is "the numbers do not lie," I have to respectfully disagree.
My personal opinion completely aside, I just cannot see how anyone when looking at the raw data can possibly believe that 70+ million PS3's were sold as a result of people first getting an XBox 360 then getting a PS3. As a result, I also cannot see how anyone can believe, again just based on the data itself, that everyone on this planet thinks Wii -> Xbox -> PS3. While those overall numbers are indeed the way America, and a decent amount of Europe, see things, there just had to be a decent amount of people who thought Wii -> PS3 -> Xbox -> just based on the data itself. As I am sure there are people who saw things as XBox -> PS3 -> Wii, or PS3 -> Wii -> Xbox, so on and so forth. I just believe that the numbers, while they do show the Wii was the clear cut winner, show that everyone feels the same about this generation. In fact I believe it is quite the contrary, there was no clear winner when looking at the data.
So I cannot help but feel that your take on things is definitely the way America see's it, I will totally admit that, but what I am saying is America's sales are not the only ones that matter in the grand scheme of things. A great example, do you really think Japanese gamers see things as Wii -> Xbox -> PS3?
I do also feel that believing MS was so dominant at the end of the day is definitely a Western perspective as well. While MS has probably indeed come out of this generation the winner from a popularity perspective, popularity is not the only thing that does pays the bills. Sales do. I also feel if one sits backs and compares the exclusives that actually give each console their uniqueness from the other console, strictly from a gaming perspective, they were pretty much dead even. The 360 had some great exclusives as did the PS3. I enjoyed playing Gears Of War & Halo just as much as I enjoyed playing Uncharted & Infamous. I also realize I was fortunate in the fact I never had to choose one console or the other, I always have enjoyed the best of both worlds.
I just think it is limited view of things to dismiss the PS3 so easily, especially when the numbers tell a different story. And I would say the same exact thing about the XBox 360 to a Japanese gamer who would laugh at the notion that the 360 was the most popular console.
Simply put, I believe that putting things in a global perspective is important when talking about anything. Consoles being no exception. This belief no doubt comes with age. Hell, when I first joined this site, I did not think about things from a global perspective. However I can wholeheartedly say it was actually the interaction with members from all across the globe right here on Neowin that made me realize there is a whole lot of people on this planet. And while it is very easy to believe that the American way is the most popular way across the globe, that is not necessarily the case.