i think that's a great post Galahad... although you might argue that Tomb raider has more in common with a platformer / adventure like Prince of Persia than it does with any FPS, i think that's by-the-by.
But you've pretty much summed up why i am completely uninterested in the new machines and modern PC-based gaming. Whilst the specs look fine, where are the games to interest -me-? Everyone has different tastes, so i cant be the only one bored of the current (lack of) content that is offered.
The only new console i have is a PSP, and that's largely for emulation on-the-move anyway. LocoRoco is probably the most original / different games for it, and as such is one of only a handful of games i have purchased for the machine since February 2006.