Couldnt disagree more.
The console IS DEFACTO the device that won the format war BR vs. HDDVD.
It is a major influence on technology in the consumer space.
BUT I DONT HAVE ONE.
I think consoles (multi-purpose dedicated devices) rather than PCs (general purpose non-specific) will have a greater role in the future.
The "business model" may need to change though... just like the mobile phone industry... there is TOO MUCH EXPENSIVE RETAIL SPACE DEDICATED TO CONSOLES. This is not sustainable in the long term. But consoles will survive and get better.
The next console generation will include "online shopping".