Business 2.0 writes:
The new crop of consoles is superconnected in a way earlier generations could only dream of. Armed with Ethernet and Wi-Fi, these devices are designed to serve as launchpads for widespread online gaming, a potentially lucrative business that so far has failed to attract users beyond the hard-core.
If all goes according to plan, not only will the videogame industry get a boost but the broadband business will too.
Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony see their consoles as more than just gaming devices. The Xbox 360, Revolution, and PS3 are all designed to grow into entertainment hubs, serving up music, videos, and whatever other diversions viewers can grab off the Web. That means that demand for downloadable content should take off, pushing broadband demand further. And that, even more than an increase in online gaming, is music to the ears of broadband providers.