the Streaming set top box market gets a new player

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by 2010mini, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
  2. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I understand the desire to converge set-top content boxes and game consoles, but I don't believe it has been done yet well enough at a set-top content box price-point, and I don't think it will be done this year.

    Sure, a full game console can easily do what a set-top box can do, but it comes with high cost and high power-consumption. On the flip side, some set-top boxes can play simpler games, but I have yet to see one where that functionality is as smooth as most consumers would expect.

    Frankly, for the kind of consumer that isn't interested in the latest-gen games, I think a used XBox 360 or PS3 (~$100 for the console, and ~$5 per game) would work much better than any of these AndroidTV based games.

    Thus, for at least 2015, I think most consumers would be wise to keep the two categories separate rather than opting for an all-in-one device. If you want gaming, get a game console. If you want content, get a set-top box. If you want both, get both (or just get a game console). In a year or two, maybe we'll have something better.

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