Originally Posted by Crash44
I suppose Sony could go more net based, and do the whole update of existing hardware thing. If the service, speed, and software offered is that revolutionary then Sony might trump everyone. I just don't see Sony giving up hard media, not when it still provides the highest fidelity A/V presentation you can get.
There are alternatives. For example, both Gaikai and OnLive just announced that their platforms will be integrated into televisions (Gaikai with LG and OnLive with GoogleTV). Apple is likely planning something similar.
I had speculated a while back that Sony might do something along these lines by incorporating gaming into one of their TVs. They've begun paving the way with their PS branded 3D TV. And while this hypothetical PSTV would likely include new tech (faster processor, built-in camera and microphone, etc), it wouldn't technically be a new "console" or something that could be called a "successor" to the PS4. It's a way to reconcile Kaz Hirai's statement with the Gaikai rumor with Sony staying a major force in the industry. Win, win, win.
EDIT: The Vita would also be a possible way to run interference in Apple's ecosystem. Sony's advantage over Apple is that it knows gaming hardware and it knows big-budget game content. Make no mistake, everyone (Apple, MS, Sony, Google, and even Nintendo) are all racing
to be the first successful all-in-one device. The advantage that Sony, MS, and Apple have is that they have a full "ecosystem" of integrated devices (assuming Sony can get its **** together with the Vita).
Considering that Sony has a huge entertainment publishing company (movies, music, TV), a display tech division (though it's in trouble), and a large gaming division, it's criminal that they haven't already gotten this figured out. The big missing piece is an integrated online storefront and media platform akin to Apple's iTunes--the secret sauce behind Apple's continued success. Sony keeps trying, but it never works because they are still in the dark when it comes to running a network. But maybe Sony's Next Big Thing (the "NBT") will finally solve this problem.
Regardless, the next era of gaming will have a lot more competition between competing services and hardware, which means consumers will be the big winners.