Here's a thought as far as the new edition goes. I was recently at a local game club playing some 40k. The place was pretty packed with about six warhammer games going on plus some obscure card/miniature games in the back. I was wondering to myself why no one was playing an RPG. Then it occured to me that nobody knew eachother very well, and nobody was ready for that kind of commitment.
With a paperless system like the new edition, a group of casual gamers could create characters in a minute or two (by drawing cards at random and filling up a character portfolio) and then get right down to playing.
This could be good for the hobby. One of the biggest problems with rpg's is that its very difficult to find anyone to play with. Perhaps this new system will make the game a bit more convenient to pick up and play.