With the release of the PS3, conversations spread of its "supercomputer" processor. At the time a very powerful processor but in retrospect (from today's technology) is far less powerful than my laptop (which however is a gaming rig). I would argue that its CPU is level with mid-range desktop computers. Currently the console is very mediocre compared to normal gaming rigs (my laptop from 4 years ago [once again a gaming laptop] had equivalent GPU) and it leads to the argument that consoles are holding back the video game industry with their static development (See Patrick Bach's blog post). Will the PS4 attempt to surpass top tier gaming rigs in hopes of maintaining competitive hardware over a few years? Which leads me to question, are consoles viable with such long periods between generations?