I don't really understand why people buy consoles at release unless they have loads of expendable cash and no other hobbies. I just bought a PS3 for $200 USD after Thanksgiving (a bundle unavailable now AFAIK, with 4 games, but other options are cheapish too), and, between PlayStation Plus and the loads of cheap or used games available online, I won't run out of things to play in a very long time . That said, before the PS3 I was exclusively PC-gaming for several years (when I wasn't playing on the Wii with my son), so I guess I wasn't really jonesin' for a modern gaming fix. But I really have no intention of getting any new consoles on release this time. I simply can't abide paying $60 for a game.
Regarding FFXIV, down the road the PS4 will have video-based streaming of some PS3 titles? That's always an easy-to-implement option. TBH, I think streaming is gonna be the future of MMOs (replace between client latencies with client-server latency, which I think fits MMOs better), so I'd be curious as to how they'd implement that.