charlequin said:I think "ever" is a very bad word to throw around in this kind of context.
This sort of thing is too problematic to happen now for pretty much the reasons you state -- technology is still too much of a distinguisher between platforms and therefore anyone with the right supporting software can convincingly say "screw it" to the group and go off their own way.
But I think it's fairly inevitable in the long run: when purely technological advancements slow too much to easily and affordably drive console cycles, the appeal of a standardized platform is going to grow.
As I said before I give it 8 to 12 years until such a thing surfaces. It is inevitable.
bmf said:I think that Nintendo will agree to a standardized console, as long as they own the standard and get the licensing fees.
I think many people are already assuming that Nintendo will go the way of a Mac if this happens. That saying will Nintendo still do so if they know that they can role in a significant amount of cash far easier if they'd just follow the standard?