Originally Posted by SKTTR
Well, I hoped to say something equally constructive about you, but who are you again?
Ah, learn to quote. Quoting half a sentence "Make something compact (small)" suggests you have sexual problems.
The abrupt snip of your message carried half the meaning of his post. It's rhetorical. It's also subtle, so...
Anyway, the idea of a persistent, integrated online experience is innovative. I'm obviously not just talking about surfing the web (not sure if you made that comment about the Wii ironically or what). It's the reason the PSN and especially XBLA have been so successful, and it's been one of the main criticisms of the Wii since day one. It's what Apple's been basing its iTunes/GameCentre/Cloud model on. It's the very basis of Steam, a massively successful medium. To claim that it's a natural and obvious non-innovation is to have your head in the sand. Gamers know it. Investors know it. Being able to access all of your gaming information--and heck, even your games--across multiple consoles with one integrated sign-in, have friends lists, contact info, the web, progress markers, drop-in and out online play, lobbys, match-making, a storefront, etc. all on a synchronized system, that's the next gen.
And if you can do all that while also using a touch-screen camera-enabled portable device to interact with a home console hub for a unique, seamless cross-platform gaming experience, then you have a winning idea. That's why Sony came up with the Vita, and that's why Nintendo is following in their footsteps.