It all depends on how you view the device in question.
Both Sony and Microsoft are calling their new video game consoles "home entertainment hubs." And it's clear that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have a ton of features that have nothing whatsoever to do with games. Therefore, they definitely qualify as multi-functional machines, right?
But is that how you see them? Do you really plan to take advantage of all the non-game-related features included with the new consoles? Or do you still see them as game machines and that's that? It's interesting to see people's reactions to such systems, because it really depends on their lifestyle and preferences. There are some who are psyched about all the new features, and they fully intend to use the PS4 or Xbox One for a variety of reasons in the living room. They see such consoles as irreplaceable as the VCR once was, I suppose.
Then there are the hardcore gamers who couldn't possibly care less about all the bells and whistles. Heck, many don't even care about the new game-related features, such as the Dual Shock 4's Share button or the Xbox One's Smart Match. They just wanna play games. I think it's important for both manufacturers to continue to put the emphasis on interactive entertainment (which Sony did from the outset, by the way), but the future is clear- dedicated gaming machines have gone the way of the dodo. These days, anything electronic must be diverse.
How do you view the new consoles?