I don't think it will, After all, the PS3 is a more powerful piece of hard ware. The only issue I see is that, when the nextbox comes out, will the PS3 have the advantage over it. I don't think so. Sony really screwed themselves this gen in the gaming dept. (and for the benefit of those sad little fanboys, I will clarify)Sony really made up for the gaming dept loss with Bluray. I think If MS plays their hand right, and come out with the Nextbox before Sony is ready to release their next gen model, Sony could be forced to retire the PS3 earlier than they planned. at this point, the 360 being future proof is not in MS's best interest imo.
I think if this gen has taught me anything is that better specs don't mean a better console and deffinatly don't mean better appeal to consumers. The Wii has sold as much as it has sold while not even being HD, the people who bought it didn't buy it for that. Personally i prefer my PS3's library of games but i don't see any real difference between them and the 360 games. There are games on both which have outstanding graphics and games which have average graphics. Digital Foundry would tell you that most multi-platform games tend to run better on 360, especially Rockstar games.
In my opinion the cost of Blu-Ray players now being so low has actually hurt potential PS3 sales and if anything has made the console less future proof. You can buy a player now for £50 in the UK. A far cry from the days when you had to pay £300 for the PS3 to play films. This means people interested in watching films no longer have to go the expensive route and buy a console.
Streaming technology is obviously the future. It has already revolutionised some industries such as music. And it is now doing the same with renting films.
So really while the 360 and PS3 are connected to the internet and can both offer the ability to stream media they are both as future proof as each other. Neither has any advantage over the other, especially not in a consumer sense.
MS just launched a new add on which will add many years to the life of the 360. They will be in no hurry to enter the next gen. We still got at least a good 3 years or so i bet before we see anything from either Sony or Microsoft. My money will be on Nintendo bringing out a new console before both of them.
I was speaking of future proof in terms of hardware, which, like it or not, is a big part of longevity. I realize the Wii is a last gen piece, but the way it was implimented was brilliant, neither Sony, nor MS are poised to do that, even with Move and Kinect.
I agree with you on the bluray sales, but make no mistake, Sony DID win out on the whole bluray deal, although they had to sacrifice their gaming dept. to do so.
Yes, streaming is the future, but once again, technology moves so quickly that it won't be long before the PS3 and Xbox 360 cannot keep up with the games devs want to make, and consumers want to buy. Imo Streaming is a moot point when talking about technological advancement.
Yes MS did add Kinect, and Sony added move, but that will add what, two or three years unto the life of both consoles. that still has no affect on my origional point, which was, the 360 has much to gain by not being as future proof as the PS3. As for Nintendo, they are so far ahead at this point, they can pretty much do whatever they want.