It seems the current generation of consoles might last longer than ever before, the 360 because of the Kinect, the PS3 because of 3D and Blu-ray support and the Wii because it has a ludicrous user base
Nonetheless, The 3 companies must be pretty far along the development of their next hardware. I think now is a good time to lay down our predictions for the next round of machines before any information is actually known. Let’s see who comes closest to the mark.
The ATI GPU in the 360 proved to be an excellent choice. I think Microsoft will stick with them. We can probably expect a derivative of their 58XX series with 1 GB of Video Ram optimized for a 1920x1080 resolution. 3DTV compatible (I expect games running in 3DTV mode will run at 30 FPS instead of 60).
I expect a “Kinect 2” to be included with lower latency which will make it more compelling and precise. Perhaps gloves will be added to give the system knowledge of what the fingers are doing, for better controls.
Maybe a switch from IBM powerPC to Intel.
A valid alternative to xbox live and PSN will probably be a priority.
No idea what craziness Nintendo will come up with.
I predict a switch to pay-to-play model for PSN, with monthly or annual fees, a la xbox live.
Will Sony stick with the cell processor? Maybe if the SPUs have more local memory (say 1 MB instead of 256KB) they would be more useful. If so, I predict 15 SPUs with 3 reserved for the OS, to bring the total useful for gaming to 12.
Beefed up eye-toy to compete with the Kinect.