First off, I hate Xbox live Gold. As a multi-platform gamer, it never seemed worth the cost. I had free access to Netflix on my Wii/U, PS3/4, smart TV, Blu-ray player, cell phone, Kindle, and PC, but I couldn't access it on Xbox because I wasn't a Gold member. Also, they went out of their way to make it a difficult process to cancel.
As for Xbox 180, they never proved the worth of the Kinect, it still does not work with a high degree of accuracy, it made inferior hardware cost 25% more than a PS4. Twice now, consumers have been made fools for buying the Kinect. Going forward, if the $400.00 unit picks up any steam, they have just fractured the installed base. Though woefully underutilized, I think it was the system's single greatest advantage over the PS4.
Unless MS can buy up enough exclusives, I still don't see this being enough. For $400.00, do you want the stronger or the weaker gaming system? Do you want the one that is (currently) restricting items behind a paywall or the one that gives you easy access to applications? Do you want the mediocre paid services or that one that gives you fantastic free games on all your platforms on a monthly basis? The system that will run at 1080P or 720P?
For a single-system gamer, I would still recommend the PS4. For myself, as a multi-platform gamer, I think I may entirely skip the Xbox 180 unless it comes down to a stupidly low price or it locks up exclusives (using money to prevent better versions of games from coming out.)
The Kinect was the system's greatest strength, but also the systems' greatest weakness, if never utilized. In that regards, MS just cast a vote of no-confidence on the Kinect. From here, E3 better blow me away because I have no idea why I would want to buy the system...And I bought a damn Wii U after all.
Wishing the PC market wasn't so constrained by the consoles,
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