Sony are extremely important to console gaming whether or not you like them is meaningless.
Companies don't just rise with billions to spend on creating a console, let alone a successful one. Look at Ouya. If anyone was to say MS Sony or Nintendo aren't important, they're clearly not a gamer.
Yeah well guess what, Nintendo was one of those companies to rise out of the ashes of the crash of 1983. They don't HAVE TO spend billions of bucks out of nowhere to be important.
A crash will happen again at some point, especially when marketplaces get flooded with (indie) crap.
If Sony were to perrish, then there are other companies with enough content that could take over, like Apple or Google for example. Heck, the Steambox might even obliterate what we now know as console gaming in the near future.
Edited by Brian M., 17 November 2013 - 16:20.