Wikipedia defines video game console as simple a "device that outputs a video signal to display a video game". Not a reliable source, but that's pretty much the purpose of a "console". A device that is used to play games. The focus should be on GAMING. Consoles are not a multi-media set-top box. There are other devices that fit the "multi-media set-top box" better and/or cheaper. Something like chromecast or fire tv can do this for much cheaper than consoles. Something like apple tv or an htpc can do this much better than consoles. Look at what features Sony and Microsoft are trying to push. A dedicated "share" button on the controller? Media services like Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll, even first party media services like sony's "music unlimited". The console acting as a TV receiver? Xbone even getting exclusive TV content? That's basically a set-top box right there. And they add even more BS that has NOTHING to do with gaming. Turning on/off the console using voice commands? An camera that spies on you and send all your activities to the NSA? Playstation Playroom video broadcast service that people are abusing to stream sex? What's the hell are modern wrong consoles? Maybe you think having these "features" are not bad, but think about the consequences. More bugs, large frequent updates, invasion of privacy, increased costs, monthly subscriptions, and taking focus away from gaming. If consoles are android phones, all this BS is pre-installed bloatware, most people don't want it. If sony and ms wants to make a set-top media box, nothing wrong with that, Just don't call these things consoles. The last "consoles" are the gamecube/ps2/xbox. The 7th gen began to blur the line. The 8th gen are basically not even consoles.