If anyone has ever looked at what it takes to get a game on a console... it's a massive amount of effort.
The last console I had was an Atari 2600. It's been a while.
Back then, the word for "console" was "Atari".
I won't cry if consoles die though. They're a choke point, and we're better off with free distribution on the Internet instead of controlled, walled-gardens.
Incidentally, the "Android Marketplace" app on 1 of my Android devices got automatically removed and "upgraded" to "Google Play". Ahem... You mean you f**ked with MY device? You deleted s**t without asking me? Yeah... F*** you too. Not happy about that. It's not that the marketplace got replaced - it's that I don't walk into your house and s**t on the floor, and I don't expect others to do the same to me. Malware deletes stuff without asking you. Breaking into a computer that belongs to someone else and deleting stuff while installing other stuff is what we call "a criminal offense" in most places - you go to jail for it.
But somehow it's ok if Google does it?
Nah... This entire control-freak stuff like consoles has to go.
What I would like to see is a version of Android that isn't malware. iOS will always be malware, so there's no hope there, but Android has a faint glimmer of hope...
It would be nice to see consoles more open as well. I'd be more inclined to get one if they were...