Hardly the same. We have enough evidence to know there is going to be a successor. This issue just lingers on and on and makes consumers nervous.
MS can put an always on in their system at the risk of alienating consumers. I just hope Sony is looking at all of this and thinking "Damn, let's not go down that road".
I can't help but think Microsoft is trying to be as stuck up as Apple when Steve was alive. Everybody speculated and made all sorts of assertions and nobody got answers until a keynote finally revealed all.
Microsoft somehow with the negative limelight it's receiving from this situation with 'always on' is also getting lots of publicity. I anctipicate when they make their reveal, they will try and amaze everyone with what they're offering with the 720.
I'll add that this negative publicitity can be translated into a good thing later on depending how the company executes its strategy