I'm posting this in the Xbox area because I feel like more XB1 owners will probably be using their machine for non-gaming functions, so it's a bit more appropriate over here, but the issue applies to PS4 as well. As an owner of both of the new next-gen systems, I feel a bit guilty when it's being used for Netflix. I don't have an OTA tuner with hdmi out yet for my XB1 (most likely coming soon), so haven't been watching actual TV on my consoles, but have been watching Netflix, Amazon Prime, FoxNow, etc, etc.
I just feel like having such a powerful machine running while simply watching Netflix or TV, is a huge waste of energy. I wouldn't say that I'm in the tree hugger camp, but I do try to recycle, and try to be somewhat mindful of unnecessary waste. I don't like leaving lights on in rooms that aren't being used, etc, etc. Now, if I had one of those tiny Roku boxes, I'd feel like the amount of energy being used to watch Netflix would be way less.
I know that these new systems have low power modes, but when running Netflix, is it like 5 times the power used of a Roku ? I imagine it would be.
The other thing that concerns me, is that I just bought two systems with a grand total nearing 1 grand for both of them combined, when you factor in tax and everything. I just feel like if the system is on and running, it should be running a legit game, not being used as a freaking Roku box. I'm very interested in using the Xbox One with a OTA tuner box, if onlysublime's review of the HW150PVR turns out to be positive. I don't watch all that much TV, normally only if there is a sporting event on NBC or CBS or FOX or something. Like the World Series or NBA Finals or Sunday football games on FOX and CBS and the Sunday Night game on NBC. I used to watch Lost live back in the day, but there really aren't any programs on live TV that I set my watch to. I use Netflix and Amazon more for TV shows on demand, but the idea of the TV use on Xbox just seems cool and interesting and worth messing around with.
At the same time, I think I'm going to feel a bit guilty running this powerful machine, with it's own power brick, etc, etc. just to watch freaking TV. It just seems like a huge waste of energy. I kinda felt the same way back when we would primarily use the PS3 to watch Netflix on. Seems like a huge waste of energy, but maybe with the new power saving features of these systems, maybe they are actually using less power when running Netflix than the 360 and PS3 use when running Netflix.