Which non gaming functions do you use on your console? I was curious to see what people used their consoles for other than play games.
On my xbox 360 I use the video viewer to watch shows I missed and downloaded. I should be getting netflix soon and I rented a movie once.
How about you guys?
well as my 360 died a few months ago and as you can't just throw electrical goods away any more my 360 is acting a novelty door stopper.
i use my PS3 for blu-rays now and again, but mainly games. anything like watching media or internet il just use my PC or ipad
Blu-ray player and as my secondary media player. The PS3 Media Server is excellent and it's still my primary media streaming software, but I use a WDTV Live Plus HD media box as the bridge between my TV and computer more than the PS3 itself these days. My PS3 is old and I don't want it running for hours while I watch some videos; however some videos work better on it than the WDTV so I occasionally go back to it. I used to use my 360 for Netflix streaming, but again I switched there to the WDTV primarily because of heat and power consumption. I have, on occasion, used both for their photo viewing capabilities. I have only used the 360's Last.FM feature once to test it out. I just prefer Pandora and even then I like my Ipod better. Now, when I want to play my Ipod over my home theater system, I use my 360 because (surprisingly) it integrates well with Apple products; much better than Sony. I never tried it with my WDTV although I think it has the capability.
So, I enjoy lots of non-gaming related uses with my consoles.
My PS3 is my go to video player. Blu-rays, dvds, netflix (well, until netflix changed their selection layout - I'm currently not a subscriber) etc.
My 360 is just for games. My Wii gets used by my wife to play virtual console games, but other than that it just gathers dust.
That's about it.
My Xbox 360 is currently keeping somone else very happy since I sold due to naturally using it less and less.
My PS3 is now getting daily use as a Blu-ray/DVD player for the family room TV, mostly watching all of Lost at the moment. (I never saw it when it was on TV and now have decided to get it watched. As another side note I've noticed a trend with my family's Bluray and DVD consumption, which is that the Movies we watch nowadays will mainly be Blu-ray and if we watch a DVD it'll be a Boxset of a TV series that we missed when it was on originally, Battlestar Gallactica, Lost and that sort of thing.)
My PS3 will also get use as a gaming platform too, but usually for exclusive games and also for big deal type games that I would've played on the Xbox 360 if I still had one, exlusives like Uncharted 1+2 and in the future Uncharted 3, and multi-plat games like L.A. Noire and Shadows of the damned.
My PC is my main gaming hub now, and I've found that while my time spent playing games has gone down considerably my enjoyment of the actual games that I do play has gone up considerably. I also use my PC for watching a documentary DVD before I go to bed (Documentary DVD's like Planet Earth, excellent btw) at night and in the majority I use it for internet based media consumption.
This thread is not great. Almost all the people will answer that they use it to watch DVDs, Blurays and/or video streaming, e.g. Netflix or just use it for games. Since there are only about 4-5 possible answers, this probably should have been a poll instead.
While you are entitled to your opinion. The reason I did not make it a poll was so that the answers were not limited. Yes for the most part the answers will repeat themselves. The entire reason for this post was to see how many people actually use all the bells and whistles Sony, Microsoft and to some extent Nintendo put out on our consoles that is not gaming related.
I watch stuff on Netflix very frequently on my 360. So much so that usually when I receive my "monthly update" from Xbox Live it is usually Netflix that has more hours logged on it than any game. I also watch DVDs somewhat frequently on the 360. And very occasionally I will stream some movie or tv show from my computer.
I used to stream music, but that seems silly now that I have a iPod hookup directly connected to my sound system.
- Used twitter a couple of times
- Played music off a USB stick for a Space Invaders achievement
- Used the internet browser a little bit before I hooked up my PC to my TV
- With my original 60 GB I used to use the SD card reader
- Used the PSP remote play a couple of times, there's a lot of latency, so it sucks pretty bad
- Used the internet browser before hooking up my PC to my TV (crap, I think I spent money on that stupid browser)
Bluray/DVD, Netflix, music, and local storage of my photos.
- BluRay/DVD = once a week if not more
- Netflix = once a week
- Music piped around my apartment = three times a week
- Photos = twice a year I might just do a fancy slide show for friends to show them my lates vacation photos
I don't really think about it much, but I DO use it for all the major functions. My TV is just handy for music and showing photos, so I use it that way.
Xbox 360 - mostly just gaming but some Netflix
PS3 - Netflix, play movies from PC using PS3media server, some gaming
Wii - is there a use for this thing?
Original Xbox - to hang the hopes and dreams that I will play some of my back catalog on
PS2 - see original xbox