Console PC Convergence

I grew up playing video games, I play video games now, and I will continue playing the for the foreseeable future. I imagine that many of you Unix users are quite similar to me in that regard. Anyways, as I kid I grew up on a gameboy color, and both the PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2. Nowadays, I am far too fixated on PC gaming to bother with gaming on consoles anymore, but the PlayStation 4 announcement that happened just recently really caught my attention.The system will run on an AMD-based x86 processor. That’s certainly a first for a game console. I know that Linux has been installed on PlayStation 3s before, but the performance wasn’t anything spectacular because the kernel is generally optimized for x86 processors. Assuming Sony doesn’t prevent other OS from being installed (I certainly wouldn’t put it past them) one could potentially install any modern distro of linux onto a PlayStation 4 and be able to use it as any normal computer would. In fact, one might even be able to get Windows up and running on one (as interesting as that would be because Microsoft is Sony’s competitor in the console arena). On the other hand, rumors about Microsoft’s next Xbox console suggest hardware that is quite similar to the PlayStation 4’s. We can most likely expect to see an AMD x86 CPU in that console as well. Considering this, Microsoft definitely has the capability of installing their Windows operating system on their Xbox consoles. It would certainly be interesting to see that happen. People nowadays expect their devices to have multiple uses. Nobody uses telephones anymore; we all use smartphones that can surf the web, run apps, and call people. I expect the same multipurpose functionality to become part of the game console experience too. If not this generation though, maybe the next. Perhaps one day consoles will just disappear from the gaming market altogether, and nothing will be left except for gaming PCs.