Re: Can we finally just accept that these are PCs in all but name now?
or updating an O/S
Once I got over the initial excitement of my Xbox 360 and started playing CoD only once a week or so, then every weekend when I turned it on to play CoD, some sort of update was required before it'd allow online play.
If I played every day it wouldn't have been "every time I turned it on", but would still have been at least once a week.
As for the rest, I have my PC in the lounge room plugged into a 55" TV using a long 'active' HDMI cable (that runs under a strategically placed rug so it's not a trip hazard) , as well as a monitor on an articulated arm I can move in front of the couch or push out of the way if I just want to use the TV (for watching TV or for playing computer games on). Wireless keyboard, wireless mouse sit on a shelf under the coffee table with all the 'other' remote controls (TV, media player, stereo, etc.).
I've disabled all O/S updates, so only update it every couple of months when I decide to force an update when I want it to update. Usually kick it off as I head to bed and let it run overnight so it doesn't interfere with any active use time. Since I rarely turn it off (usually just sleep or somtetimes hibernate overnight) it's usually always instantly ready to use, doing other non-OS specific updates (game updates, launcher updates, etc) in the background.
I'm likely to still get a console in addition to a PC, but it isn't hard to hook up a PC to a TV and use it 'quickly' and simply. Don't even have to change seating position or move to using another device if I want to switch from doing work (word processing, coding, etc.) and start playing games on the TV, just switch the TV to computer input, fire up the game on the TV output device, push the monitor out of my eyeline, and away I go (or even keep the monitor there for information I might need while playing the game, manuals, strategy guides, etc.).