Pitching a curveball at the rumour mill today, a rep from cloud gaming service Gaikai has predicted that a current platform holder will announce their withdrawal from the hardware fight this year.
Sony Computer Entertainment chairman Kaz Hirai today shot down rampant rumours in saying Sony will not make a PS4 announcement at E3 this June.
Nanea Reeves, chief product officer for Gaikai, has followed up today with a prediction that the big shocker this year will be confirmation of the contrary - no next-gen hardware.
"Not all of the current console makers will have one more generation. That will be the big news at E3," said Reeves.
Nintendo has already confirmed the Wii U for a 2012 release, so that leaves Microsoft and Sony, although with successful platforms it's hard to imagine either of those 'pulling a Sega' and dropping out of the platform war altogether.
Could Reeves be hinting at a cloud-based platform for MS or Sony? If so, given Hirai's recent comments regarding the necessity of physical media, we'd guess it'd be Microsoft - who has been consistently ahead of competitors in the online arena - that'd be more likely to leverage streaming tech first.
What do you think?