Top 20 console features no-one uses

Every console seems to have something 'extra' to offer. But how many of these bonuses do you really use? Here are 20 console features past and present that no-one values, or maybe tried once then never used again.

Just for the record, you may notice that there are a lot of PSP entries in here, but it's not us hating on the Sony machine (we actually love it), it's just that it seems to come with a lot of superfluous stuff. OK, on with the show.

PSP multiplayer link-up
We had a lunchtime race on Ridge Racer 2 once. Oh, and some Moto GP and Sega Rally shenanigans from time to time. But how many people have regular sessions with more than one other friend on PSP? Where are the rooms full of happy people playing PSP together (each with a copy of the same game)? It simply never happens.

Above: Two-player? Sometimes. Three or more-player? You must be joking

DS Internet Browser
Hmmm… rather slow, now outdated (actually, immediately outdated) from having no Flash support, and also discontinued in North America. Pages are slower to load than an iPod Touch/iPhone, and it's not upgradeable like PSP. In summary, it's sunk already.

OK, let's just say for argument's sake that you can actually afford a huge, 1080p native resolution telly. We're sure it's even more beautiful than Eva Longoria and we hope you're very happy together. But how many games actually display full 1080p pictures? It's a surprisingly short list. But at least Marvel Ultimate Alliance is on it. Um…

Wii News Channel
"Wow – look at all the news! And the 3D world with all the stories stacked over the corresponding countries. Very nice. Aaaand… that's it for the News channel. Forever.

Above: Omigod. Is it really? That's soooo interesti... *snore*

Everyone's done this once. Maybe a few times. But can you really be bothered any more? To clear room on your memory stick and rip the file, trim it, convert it, then store it ready to watch? We've had the same Avril Lavigne video and a clip from The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night ("He's fussy about his drums – they loom large in his legend") on our PSP for the last three years. It shows off the feature when mates want to see. "Look – it does video too!" (*cough* but you'll never use it *cough*)

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  • sourpunch - January 10, 2011 6:35 a.m.

    Just stumbled on this article again and had another good laugh. The 1080p thing is no longer relevant though since 1080p tvs arent that expensive anymore and most games do use it.
  • Arch27 - October 9, 2009 5:59 p.m.

    I'd use DVD to PSP if I could figure it out.
  • soniquev8 - September 15, 2008 6 p.m.

    I'd have to disagree. I use the 360's media/music sharing feature all the time (ironically, shared from my Mac using Connect360). I use it when I'm playing games with sub-par or repetitive music (Civ Revolution) or when I feel like making up my own soundtrack. It's great that I can instantly turn Ace Combat into Top Gun by playing "Danger Zone" in the background; or listen to "War Pigs" while playing Worms in the Arcade. And while I love the radio stations on GTA4, the music in Katamari, and other games with inventive soundtracks... after dozens of hours of play, they just can't offer as much diversity as my gigabytes of MP3s. I agree with you in that the photo and video functionality aren't frequently used, but I can say that even if it's just listening to some tunes while cleaning up my apartment, the music/media sharing functionality is perhaps the most oft-used feature on my 360.
  • likedamaster - September 13, 2008 4:55 p.m.

    Wow. Your website comes with fresh shtuff all the time. The best gaming website I know! All is true, all 20!
  • Nintendophile - September 12, 2008 1:51 p.m.

    The Voice-Command-Pokemon-Control idea is good. Nintendo; Make it so.
  • josephpooch - November 16, 2008 3:32 a.m.

    um. the nintendo ds thumb strap was a great idea. if it was made alittle better it would be have been...good. I used it for metroid and it was cool..but it wasnt very accurate like stated in the article. If it had been improved on for the ds lite, instead of being omitted, it would have probably been alot better. and playing ps1 games on a ps2. that was daily for me due to ff7 and ff8. i guess that could be strange or something. but i found myself playing ps1 on ps2 wayyy more than playing ps2 on ps2. haha
  • lynx987 - September 11, 2008 2:15 a.m.

    wow this is cool
  • GalenMarek - July 20, 2009 4:47 p.m.

    Actually everyone who has a Wii pretty much uses a memory card so yeah!
  • jamboy199three - June 11, 2009 5:30 p.m.

    hell the only thing i dont use my ps3 4 is playinggames
  • MalXenos - May 17, 2009 4:52 a.m.

    Hmm. i play PSOne games on both my PS2 and PS3... Well not so much the PS2 as much (cept my PS3 blu-ray stopped working; waiitng on UPS to ship it back now.) But the the past 3 weeks I have!!! I still own like i dunno 15 or so PS1 games.
  • Jpeg - May 13, 2009 4:16 p.m.

    That thing on the DS was a thumb strap?! i never would have imagined that was what it was for
  • killemall - March 26, 2009 5 p.m.

    I also agree with josephpooch and soniquev8. After about 10 hours of playing fallout and realising the music and radio was getting annoying i actually used the 360's media share to make my own 23's 30's apocolypse mix. Also i still bust out the old ps2 and play games on it including FF7, 8 and rival schools. One of the best features evere. When i can afford a ps3, i'll do it then too.
  • GrrSnort - March 1, 2009 5:11 a.m.

    I'm going to have to argue for the media sharing. I cleaned up the space on my 360 hard drive that I used for music (apparently, I had around 5 gigs of music), and I rip movies to my PC, so I can watch them without popping in a disc. I will concede that photo capability (and the photo party app for the 360 that NOBODY USES) is largely re-fuckin-tarded.
  • gta3mattb - February 28, 2009 8:51 p.m.

    "PSone games on PS2 Strange, this – we hardly ever used our PS2 to play PSone games. And yet we find ourselves doing it on PS3 and PSP rather frequently. Very, very strange." That is the only one that probably should not have been on this list.
  • crossmr - February 28, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    I've used DVD to PSP a lot. Plus its obvious you've never been on a subway in other parts of the world. 7 hour flight with no in flight entertainment? or some butchered and edited movie? Watch 2 or 3 movies on your PSP. The batteries last much longer watching movies than playing games. It was great on a 14 hour flight I took last year. Probably 90% of the people I see on the Seoul subway are watching TV on their phone or watching pre-recorded movies and TV on a portable device, about 1/3 of which are PSPs.
  • Oxfordcomma4 - February 28, 2009 3:15 a.m.

    I too love the media feature on the 360. There's nothing like a good Silent Hill binge listening to somthing hopeful and cheery (Jason Mraz, Vampire Weekend) or a little horde with Trace Adkins in the background. Also, Fallout 3 to Louie Armstrong is just fun...
  • adrenaguy - February 27, 2009 10:42 p.m.

    i thought the thumb strap ws a wrist strap, it didnt fit, so i gave up, still haven't used it as a thumb strap yet even though i know full-well what it does. don't forget that wii internet channel was immediately obselete, too, due to lack of support for flash.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - February 20, 2009 10:36 p.m.

    I agree with josephpooch and (partially) soniquev8. not the thumbstrap thing though. pointless as a Zero Punctuation review with no sound. I played PSone games on my PS2 (and PS2 AND PSone games on my PS3) repeatedly, just for nostalgia. And on soniquev8's point on adding extra soundtracks to games, have you tried outrunning Templars as Altair whilst the Benny Hill theme is playing? I nearly collapsed laughing when my mate did that the first time. xD
  • crimson_soulreaper305 - June 16, 2009 1:08 a.m.

    i use media share. its funny, im playing halo 3 to the shin chan theme song. it was handy in gta 4 after you hear "top down" for bajillionth time you get bored so i listen to the paper trail album(T.I)/ other songs to make it fun.
  • sourpunch - June 11, 2009 9:40 a.m.

    "OMG when did we last feed them?" Lol I haven't touched that game in forever either.