I just hope that the "near future" is as far as possible from now because I haven't seen the so called "Big Secret Power" of the PS3
, at least, I haven't seen the phenomena that happened with the PS2, when the first game I played was the "WWE Something
" which looked really ugly and was hard to play, but then, one of the last games I played was "Shadows Of The Colossus" which is was the state of the art for the PS2 back then (a really beautiful game).
I'm finding hard to believe that the next console generation will come without optical media support, I mean, the new media formats are the trigger for next generations to come: CDROM (PSOne) -> DVDROM (PS2) -> BDROM (PS3).
Although, it is true that these media are expensive, when new, and kinda slow nowadays (compare to the speed of HDD's) but I guess that time will tell, maybe with these 1 TB memory sticks, things will be a lot more different.