Originally Posted by rgdigital
If you're already paying for Netflix, why stream it when you can watch Blu-Rays?
Pandora has worked with the PS3's browser for a long time now. Also, besides getting new themes, why do the bulk of your browsing on your gaming machine when you could do it on your computer?
In before the lock.
Wow. Way more response than I thought I'd get. I couldn't get to the last page without feeling the need to respond. Let me start by saying that I really like a lot about the PS3. The games are for the most part simply amazing, and the blu-ray player kicks ass.
However, I'm not a hardcore gamer. I'm a married 33 year old, who used the blu-ray player as a trojan horse to get a game machine into my home (let's be honest). So I like to game, but I have things like marriage, non-gaming friends, carreer, etc. that preclude tons of gaming.
That being said, I was really intrigued by the possibility of this great machine acting as a media hub for parties, web browsing in the living room, etc. And this is where I felt let down. Perhaps my expectations were too high - but I don't feel like the hardware is living up to it's expectations on this front. I asked the question because I wondered if I was alone on this, or did Sony truly understand what it's audience wanted.
To answer some of the responses I've seen:
Netflix - sure blu-rays are better - but some content isn't in hi-def, and some comedy series aren't worth waiting for discs to arrive. To be able to watch some shows on demand, between discs, is a really great feature (but I wonder if Sony doesn't want to compete with their own overpriced video store).
Playon, Tversity, etc. - these might be a nice program, but I don't want to run 2 computers (a PC and a PS3) to do what one should be able to do.
Pandora - yes the browser can finally play Pandora - but he experience was still buggy the last time I tried. How much nicer would a stand alone Pandora app be? One that took advantage of our nice HDTV screens?
The list goes on, but the point is that we all have these amazing computer processors sitting in our living rooms, and I feel like their potential is untapped for uses other than gaming. Obviously I'm not a marketer, so maybe Sony knows what they're doing, but in response to what I see Microsoft doing - I've been hoping that Sony would fire back with some badass improvements to the PS3 in that realm.
So maybe my question wasn't worded properly, but how many of you wouldn't want some of these features to be added/improved?