The breakthrough on the Wii U, for instance, is the oversized controller, which will contain a 6.2-inch touchscreen, speakers, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and a front-facing camera, all of which can work in concert with the television—or possibly as an independent social-networking portal. Such a device may sound familiar. And indeed, as competing platforms such as the iPad proliferate, console manufacturers are recognizing the need to move the gaming experience beyond a single, fenced-in device. Sony and Microsoft have yet to release specs on their new consoles, but Wanda Meloni, the founder of the gaming research firm M2, says they will most likely involve increased cross-platform capability. Gamers may start a game on their console, for example, but they'll be able to pick it up again on their smartphone.