Entertainment encompasses many forms, not just video games.
No fucking shit, right? I’m not going to be nice, either. You’re a retard if you say what the above guy, who I will not censor the name of because it doesn’t matter, said. It’s a simple denial of the facts if you say something like that. The PlayStation 2 played DVDs. It had a remote control accessory to control the DVD player. The Xbox played DVDs, it had a remote control accessory to control the DVD player. If you took it one step further and hacked your Xbox, you could put XBMC on it – which to this day is still one of the best Media Center options around if you, or someone you’re friends with, knows how to do it. Even if not you can drop someone 50 dollars to do what, an hour of softmodding? Anyone who knows how to do it and would turn down a free 50 dollars for an hour of not working is a fool anyway.
The Xbox 360 is a multimedia entertainment system. It plays DVDs. It plays games. It streams network and internet music and video services, and has a web browser. It has a motion sensor that plays games, helps you work out, and can be used by enterprising scientists for a number of applications, such as being hacked into a 3D scanner. The PS3 is a multimedia entertainment system. It plays DVDS. It plays Blu-Rays. It streams network and internet music and video services. It plays games. It also has a motion controller that plays games and can be used by enterprising people to be turned into something else.
The Wii is a multimedia entertainment system. It plays games. It has streaming network capabilities to play videos and music off of the internet, as well as web browsing. It sucks at it and at everything else but it can do it. It also has a motion sensor that can do things, like break TVs, walls, people, itself, and much more.
The Wii U is a multimedia entertainment system. It plays games. It has streaming network capabilities to play videos and music off of the internet, as well as other internet services like the weather channel. It also sucks at some things and has the ability to maybe be a good system if publishers would release games for it and get some more hype.
See what I did there? You are going to bitch and whine about the Xbox One, or the PS4, doing the exact same things that the Xbox 360 and PS4 currently do, better, all the while being completely ignorant of the product(s) that you already own and what that product can do?
It’s not just the “TV TV TV kinect kinect kinect football tv tv tv tv” thing, either. People do actually have some legitimate concerns about the Xbox One and the PS4, if it goes the same route which it will, and have no guilt over having blown them completely out of proportion, either.
Microsoft knows full well that a very large portion of the gaming market is based on second-hand sales.