Here's my take on what has happened in the past and what could happen in the very near future:
In the beginning, consoles ruled as the number 1 gaming platform. They were conceived and built for one specific purpose: TO PLAY GAMES. Consoles were the only and therefore the best gaming machines around.
Then PC's came along. PC's were multi-purpose machines and some smart people decided to create games for PC's. PC gaming got an incredible boost when the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) was created transforming 2D into lifelike 3D graphics. And now there is a PPU (Physics Processing Unit) on the horizon which will even further PC gaming technology. It seems that the PC is the best gaming platform available for the most intensive and realistic gaming TODAY.
Now here come Sony's PS3. A machine who's insides stems from both standard PC and media-specific technology (READ: GAME-SPECIFIC). A machine who's sole purpose is to deliver realistic lifelife gaming. Two technology's which will help push the PS3 is Sony's new "Cell" chip which features multiple cores and the use of 50gb Blu-ray disks. Imagine how much content can be put on to a single 50gb disk, which is the equivalent of 6 DVDs, or 70 CDs.
After seeing the underlying power of the PS3 makes me believe that consoles may be closing the gap between the PC and consoles in terms of power and realistic rendering power.
Here's some interesting reading on Sony's Cell chip and PS3:http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/7511/C...Run-at-46-Ghz/http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News...x?NewsId=13133http://www.macworld.com/news/2005/05/17/ps3/index.php