I they they delivered really good today, but I see a blanding of the future. I am wondering exactly what Microsoft is going to deliver different. It looks like both consoles are going to become more twins than less this coming generation, with the WiiU again being the underpowered oddball. I am expecting both Microsoft and Sony to come out at the $500 price point, and possibly see really sluggish sales in this economy. Look for Sony to go the XBox Live route and charge for online play also, even if the features one up with Microsoft is doing. I seriously doubt Sony offers streaming play online for free.
seems like this is more of what you want to happen
What price point do you think Sony is going to end up releasing the PS4 at? MAYBE they go $400 if pressured by Microsoft. You think $400? Even the Wii U is selling at a loss and the higher end system, with like 4x less the Ram, is $350. The going to 8 GB of memory, and what they are picking for it, makes it more expensive.
The design approach is very much like a PC, and following the trends laid down, and is what you saw with the XBox with integrated memory.
As for the charging for online, you see Sony is now doing Playstation Plus, and they do want to charge for it. There has been buzz about Sony wanting to charge and planning to charge for its online service. What I saw today does look like something they would charge for. They probably throw in Playstation Plus for free, if that would make you happy.
What I write is not my wishing, but what I see in front of me and what has been discussed. Will see in the coming months what they do. They didn't mention that the online feature would be free to use either. They discussed investing in it. They are discussing value proposition here, not cheap.
Here is one article that talks about Playstation World:
Maybe they do keep online play separate, but I see that hard pressed to do so, if they are integrating what they plan, into the experience, which is like you see with the likes of OnLive, watching people play and so on.