I am A-OK with my Playstation being my Game-BluRay-Netflix box. If they want to make it more than that, that's fine by me too, as long as it's not forced on me and the other purposes don't suffer (especially the obvious one: games!)
I agree with you to some extent, yes. I'd very much like for *gaming* consoles to be about *games*, but that just doesn't appear to be what they're going towards. It's important to remember that Sony/Microsoft are companies looking to make as much profit as possible, and it's fairly clear they think that adding other gimmicks to their system will help them do that.
It's hard to blame them too, if you want to play console games you're going to buy a console, regardless of what else it does, that doesn't matter at all. It makes no difference if it has Hulu, Netflix, Twitch, Omegle, Chatroullete, none of that matters if you want to play console games because you're going to buy the console anyway. Those extra gimmicky type things might help sell the console to people who aren't as interested in games, maybe they like games and are considering buying it, but then when they find out it doubles as a blu-ray player, or streaming service, or personal blowjob dispenser, or whatever they decide to buy it. They aren't buying it specifically for any of those things, but everything together makes it worthwhile to those people.
From a business standpoint, it actually makes far more sense to worry less about games and more about other things. Games have been fine since the PS2, it makes more sense to focus on other things now, even though real gamers couldn't care less about all the extra features.
I still don't exactly see the harm in the paradigm shift, at least so long as it stays out of video games. Trophies/Achievements are one thing, but when you start getting social media requests and blips while playing a game, that would be where it becomes obnoxious for me.
For those that are interested in the social-media side of things, having streaming movies, or all of the other gimicks that are not directly related to gaming then they could buy the "Fully Bloated" version of the console, where as those people who want it just for gaming could buy a version without any of the extras at a reduced price.
Now if they wanted to at a later stage, they could easily (being connected to the internet) upgrade for a fee to the fully bloated version of the console.
The OP stated that he finds it annoying that game companies focus on all the extra stuff and advertise about it in all their announcements and stuff.
Nothing about that mentions price or paying extra for these features.
Even if your "lite" version of a console existed, and I'm not convinced the extras actually cost enough to warrant it, it doesn't change the focus that the industry has on these social extras.
I think it's more of a competitive push to make it more like a pc. Everyone knows that microsoft is trying everything but the kitchen sink to prevent consoles from merging with pc. Walled garden vs open free service not a good combination.
They see PC doing all these things so they want their consoles to compete on the same things. So they put all that crap into their console. Yes I said crap. No one cares about your tweets or your status updates, they're basiclly just ways of stalking your 'favorite stars'. Heck I argue that multiplayer in games has gone to piss because of online multiplayer. At least on a console. People have fond memories of Goldeneye on the 64 but I guarentee those memories couldn't be replicated in an online only setting. Why? You lose all connection. At least in split screen co-op or multiplayer things you know the person you are playing with/against. I dunno... video games are becoming the play things of the jocks/cool kids of my day.
Fun parallel thought on this subject: why do people think anyone cares to know about every little thing they do/think? Does it really enrich your life or the life of your 'followers'?
I was actually planning on buying PS4(I only ever owned snes, ps1 and 2) because they said it's cheap. But the "share" or whatever it is button kinda worries me. I don't want, while trying to intensely play a game, accidentally press it and then it goes all fucking retarded like that xbox360 controller's "home" button.
Last edited by Drekmen; 2013-04-08 at 01:13 AM.
If a video game developer removed tumors from players, they'd whine about nerfing their loss in weight and access to radiation powers. -Cracked.com
Further, a lot of people have a console hooked up to their TV while their computer might not be. So by offering things like netflix and dvd/blu-ray they appeal to those people as well.
Basically, just because you CAN use your computer for everything - doesn't mean people do or necessarily want to.
At what point do you not buy one of these game consoles and buy a pc? why try to create something that is all ready on the market?
Personally I own PS3, 360, Wii, DS and PC. I'll probably upgrade to Wii U and 3DS once there is anything worth playing on them.
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