That title might sound odd - but keep in mind I'm not saying that consoles should not have online - I think it's a great feature and should be used. But is it going to be taken too far in the next generation of consoles? Based on what I've been reading, it's a possibility.
Without a doubt, one of the greatest achievements during this generation of video game consoles was the access to online community. Some of the consoles did it better than others (We're looking at you, Nintendo Wii - here's hopes you get it right with the Wii U), while computer gamers have enjoyed this sort of connectivity for years before there was a PlayStation Network or Xbox Live. The ability to play with friends, have conversations through voice chat, get updates to gaming content and watch player-made videos have really helped make this generation of gaming consoles the most successful to date because it appealed to a broader base of people and gave them a means of sharing these experiences.