There are 2 barriers to console gaming ever being superior to PC gaming. 1. Weak hardware becoming very apparent at this stage in their life cycle. 2. Terrible controllers The next generation of consoles is quite an exciting prospect. They will of course be built on cut-down, old tech (just as with the current generation). Consider however what more than one game designer has said over the last few years, about their frustration with DirectX and being unable to code 'direct-to-metal' for the PC. Coding for an intermediary software layer that has to run across a myriad of different hardware configurations is vastly less efficient than coding straight to the hardware. Moreover the evident ease with which the very limited hardware of the Xbox and PS3 is now exploited to the max should give you hope for what game developers will be able to do with the next-gen consoles. This generation of Playstation and Xbox have become as much a media center as a gaming platform - the trend is clearly towards all-in-one entertainment systems for the next generation. It is not in Microsoft's interests to lose the licensing fees from Windows (and proprietary software) by creating a console with a web browser and Office on it, there are very few people who buy a PC solely for gaming. It would not cost them a penny as anyone switching over to console gaming would likely still require a PC. Moreover the PC gaming market is currently worth, at a rough guess, well over a hundred million pounds globally - not something to be sniffed at, even for vast corporations like Microsoft and Sony. If you add in MMOs that figure goes through the roof! It seems to me that the addition of mouse and keyboard support to a console is a small thing with potentially a big gain for gaming in general. Consoles have a huge userbase, which means more people for you to dominate on Starcraft 3, Battlefield 4 etc. More people for you to play Arma 4 with as well. There are serious issues like the immaturity of their audience, the outrageous price of their games, the unwillingness of Sony and Microsoft to allow dedicated servers with admin control, the lengthy certification process for patches etc. These cannot and should not be ignored - next generation consoles can learn more from PCs than just what hardware was good a few years ago. That said, if the next generation solves the graphical limitations of the current, and adds in M+K support I would seriously consider stopping buying expensive bits for my computer and paying £400 for a box that would suffice for all my gaming needs for the next 7 or so years. I suspect many others would too. What do you guys think?