I see this as the next Amiga 500. A system where you can do anything you want on it that you plug into your TV. Games are important but the real value comes from the other apps that you could use on it. Imagine the educational possibilities. For example, an interactive multimedia history lesson.
A lot of people were excited when Sony talked about using another OS on the playstation 3 but that was taken out (PS3 Firmware (v3.21) Update – PlayStation Blog
). Even from the beginning, the other OS couldn't use the 3D hardware.