I don't think so. It seems from generation to generation the leap in capability decreases. The increase in this generation's lifespan has been necessary. --- Check out this sweet box fort I made. Dare I say, 'World's Greatest' :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jo57wauuvA
Thinking back to the Atari days when they were releasing consoles like 2600 and 5200 and 7600, it became MORE confusing for consumers. I think having a decent span of time for a consoles life is a good thing for a majority of people buying and playing games.
I mean, even just yesterday this co-worker lady of mine said she bought Gutiar Hero for her son on PS2, and then found out he sold his PS2 and only has a 360 now. It may be easy for us hardcore's to know whats going on, but the mom's of the world have no clue.
My 16 years of NES and SNES gen? Nah still awesome :3 and before you say they don't make games for them anymore. Oh but Japan still does :3, even if I still have to import them >.> --- "All things are about Jesus Homer .......... Except this."