With the PS4 being X86 family based and rumours heavily placing the 720 as being the same there is talk of multiplatform development being easier. However the counterpoint to that is there is potential for a hypervisor type approach to be taken and emulation to happen on the PC. What is known of the PS4 has it as X86 but still not PC architecture so how this might trouble things? Could I make up it by having a faster machine? If a faster one is called for might that become viable for the common man in the lifetime of the consoles (considering consoles are likely to be the half nice PC late 2012 could offer....)? Might it all be irrelevant if companies take to doing something like the PS3 and Steam buy for one and get the other? For the sake of argument magic fairy land's one wish granted to us is any crypto or other protection is bypassed. Now whether this would want to be flanked with a fancy PCIe card of some form (not strictly relevant to this but a nice example of a fancy one using a cell processor- http://www.power.org/press-release/fixstars-provides-gigaaccel-180-with-yellow-dog-linux/ ) is probably where some debate will arise. However when discussions of PS360 emulation come up it is usually seen as the first viable option behind engine transfers (custom unreal on the PS360 is potentially still convertible to heavily modded unreal on the PC) and if things like XNA are used then C# dynamic recompilation might be a thing that is possible (as it stands android being "linux under all that java" has seen some interesting things happen vis a vis architecture). Also some of the people playing in emulation of the original xbox (another somewhat custom X86 machine) are taking a similar approach with hypervisors and whatever else. The related possibility might be for online games and things that could happen there. Granted they probably still want their own networks and it would have been near trivial to add generic mouse and keyboard support to the PS360 (indeed the PS3 kind of did for some games and some hackers did some stuff with hacked 360s) so business will probably get in the way of technology once more. Thoughts?