Originally Posted by Inverse
Yes, but the parties of that war do not have to be Sony and Microsoft. There has never been a war of this particular caliber. The industry isn't that old. It hasn't seen two consoles where the libraries and market are almost mirrored, split by only exclusive titles. This isn't Nintendo vs Sega. This is it's own breed of competition, one that has long been homogenized for awhile.
A Sony-Microsoft console, has zero losers for either company, it would also be a HUGE win for developers as well. They stand to make more money, and they also stand to save a lot of money on marketing and logistics~ not having to compete against each other in the same market.
Outside of principle and company ideology there is little to say this is a bad idea for either party~ and as we've seen, their ideology on the console market isn't THAT distant from each other. They're not deviating from a path~ they have slightly different flavors of the exact same meal.
I'd like to be a fly on the wall in the conference room where this deal was worked out. Can you imagine the MS execs and Sony execs arguing over who has the better, more valuable platform and therefore who gets a larger percentage of the profits? I can't see either side agreeing to any cut that the other side would agree to. Therefore, I'd say this is a total non-starter unless one of the companies is actually buying the other's console business.
Besides, this would be one heck of a gaming monopoly. Nintendo is there as competition, but the focuses of the two are kind of apples and oranges unless the next Wii is really all it's cracked up to be and greatly leapfrogs the graphics of Xbox and PS3 (I don't think this is possible, but who knows). With a Sony/MS monopoly on the hardcore console gamer niche, guess who loses, the suckers who want to play it. There wouldn't be a lot of downward pricing pressure. I'll bet the $70 new release games would appear.
All that said, I would love to see an Xbox with a blu-ray player. Think of the great media center integration of the Xbox with the ability to play blu-rays. I actually just picked up a PS3 on a great deal for the Netflix and Blu-ray player. I haven't even played a game on it. I would have definitely gone Xbox if it had blu-ray.