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Submission + - Console Manufacturers Want the Impossible?

Phopojijo writes: Consoles have not really been able to profitably scale over the last decade or so. Capital is sacrificed to gain control over their marketshare and, even with the excessive lifespan of this recent generation, cannot generate enough revenue with that control to be worth it. Have we surpassed the point where closed platforms can be profitable and will we need to settle on an industry body, such as W3C or Khronos, to fix a standard for companies to manage slices of and compete within?
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Console Manufacturers Want the Impossible?

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Real computer scientists like having a computer on their desk, else how could they read their mail?