Even though next-generation consoles are still years ahead of us (or so we are lead to believe), a number of rumors have surfaced regarding the graphics processing units that these will carry.
Sony may be struggling with the PS3, but that doesn't mean they are giving up on its successor. The latest rumor is that the PlayStation 4 will be using an Intel GPU
as opposed to Nvidia's. Even though Intel has yet to prove themselves as a decent contender in hardware-accelerated graphics, Sony has apparently been tempted by their next-generation architecture "Larrabee", which Intel has been sampling for a short period. Could Sony be willing to drop IBM's highly touted Cell technology all of a sudden? Probably not
On a similar fashion, it's been rumored that Redmond will continue to use ATI/AMD for their next GPU. The Xbox 360 relies on ATI hardware for graphics, and Microsoft's next console, not expected to see the light of day for at least three more years, will likely be an ATI solution as well.
Initial development for these consoles is already underway, and once blueprints are crafted and development begins there's no going back on major components like GPUs. Nvidia and ATI have done very well in this market for several years, but with brutal competition in embedded graphics, desktop graphics and now consoles, is there enough room for three or four major players in the near future?