For a long time now all three big console companies say they want to have their hardware be more than a gaming machine. They want it to be a media and social center. I get the appeal of an all-in-one machine, but as a gamer does anyone else feel frustrated about this focus on social media?
Take the PS4, apparently it makes sharing of gameplay footage easier and improves connectivity in all sorts of ways. Except I don't really care about that. The only reason I buy a gaming console is to play games on it. I could care less about sharing my stuff with the rest of the people. If that's your thing, then cool, but in my opinion most of the videos people upload aren't anything to write home about anyway. I don't want or need to be connected to facebook or whatever all the time. I bought it to play games and I wish they'd spend more effort on making an absolutely monster gaming machine than a social media center.
Am I alone in this feeling? It frustrates me that a lot of the "exciting" press releases are about more social media stuff. What about getting good games for release or making sure your online network is secure and stays online? It just seems to me that they lost focus on what a gaming console should be at its core. So is social media on your console important to you? I just get the feeling they overestimate the importance of it and kind of let down their supposed core audience.