Gaming systems are taking over TV

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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The PlayStation 4 is Sony’s latest video game console… and TV service?

Sony’s PlayStation used to be a console strictly for gaming, but now it’s playing a hand in changing the entertainment industry with the new original series, Powers. This is just the latest sign that the days of cable TV are fading away into history, as audiences turn to gaming systems and the internet to fulfill their media needs.

Back in the day, you had to rely on television companies to access basic broadcasting channels like ABC and FOX, or cable channels like Disney, FX, and Nickelodeon, as well as pay channels such as HBO and Cinemax. However, the rise of streaming services like Netflix started bucking the TV industry, when customers could watch shows from all these channels at a bargain price of under $10 a month. Shortly thereafter, different services like Hulu and Amazon Instant Video hit the market, further expanding the world of streaming TV and movies.

Then, as video game consoles became a platform for these popular streaming services, families could find all of their media needs in a single system, like Sony’s Playstation or Microsoft’s Xbox. To really up the stakes even more, Netflix started producing original series like House of Cards, which went on to earn 4 Golden Globe nominations, and Hulu has also released numerous original series. In what can only be described as a reversal of roles, cable companies like Verizon and Comcast are now offering this original streaming programming to customers via their DVR services.

As if traditional TV companies needed another reason to start shaking in their boots, Sony’s Playstation division is working on a brand new series called Powers, and even the popular Xbox One is creating a TV show based on its popular Halo video game.

It really seems like the future of entertainment is shifting strongly to video game console devices. After all, since the PS4 can even stream cable TV, it’s starting to get very difficult to tell the difference between television, streaming services, and video game consoles!

Featured image courtesy of Michael Branson Smith on Flickr. Image of PS4 courtesy of dalvenjah on Wikimedia.