heard this crazy thing at Vintage Stock (it's very much like GameStop). The Xbox One will use the Kinect to see how many people are watching a movie (on say Netflix or Amazon). And if it's past a certain number, then The One will ask for you to pay an extra fee to allow more viewers (that are physically in the same place as you). Now I don't know how true it is. So I am for now calling this a rumor from an employee from an used games store.
This rumour is due to the fact that last year MS got a patent for doing exactly this. However there it seems very unlikely they are launching with such a system. Although currently the kinect must be connected to the X1 to function, it is supposively only keeping on its audio functions, so that you can use voice commands to turn on/wake up the xbox as shown in the reveal.
Of course the problem here is that there is nothing to stop MS from simply turning on such a feature in the future.
I think most people still misunderstand the changing gaming market. The 'hardcore' gamer segment is probably less than a third of the existing market, and ignoring PC-fanboys that will never switch to console, the segment growth is pretty much limited to recruiting those who are too young to have yet become loyal to one camp or the other -- 5-10 year olds that Sony is mostly ignoring. There's mothers and grandmothers logging into facebook to play casual games, tons of people hunched over their cell phones and tablets. Maybe those people aren't going to buy a console, but its indicative of a changing market, and if not those people specifically, it says that there are a lot of people out there for which the console has not traditionally appealed to.
The other part of the market is made up of those who game more casually, players of casual games, middle-aged moms and dads, frat-boys who play Madden and an occasional match of CoD. Microsoft is attempting to do what the Wii managed to do through innovative, casual games -- bring new consumers into the market -- through media integration, and to a lesser extent casual/kinect games for the younger audience--and, I'll say it again because I believe it so much, price. Sony's strategy is to appeal to that 30% of the market and hope that the halo effect garners enough attention from the rest of it. Microsoft is trying to appeal to more kinds of people.
Its hard to know the percentage of hardcore gamers to own consoles, especially so late in the generation, particulary with PS3 having its blu-ray and MS with its Kinect skewing those results further, I suspect they still make up a larger percentage than one third. Though this also depends on your definition of a hardcore/causal gamer, which even gamers themselves often define themselves as one or the other against the common-sense understanding to the terms (e.g. people playing 4-5 hours a day on a single game, consider themselves as causal ?)
However I have no doubt in my mind that its exactly the hardcore gamer crowd who are the early adopters to purchase these systems and remains o for the first year or more, after all it makes sense, they are/were gaming machines. This I think will be problematic for MS as they've made such a drastic move away from supporting and indeed possibly going out of their way to frustrate hardcore gamers. Though this also heavily depends upon where Sony and the PS4 are in regards to second-hand, backwards compatibility etc Assuming the PS4 permits the existing second-hand method and their streaming BC works then they will have very clear benefits for gamers over X1.
This leaves MS having to convince non-gamers and gamers alike that their machine, with all its built in 'entertainment' features is worth buying. I'm just not sure they can. While there is no doubt that it will probably be good value for money and offer interesting features to the general public, do they have the disposable income to spend on it or are they busy spending it on tablets, smartphones etc? Are those features so much better than there current TV/entertainment or using a remote to tempt them? Do they really want to have a second blu-ray? There will be takers, but I have a feeling initially it will be dwarfed by hardcore gamers, which may then become a self-fulling prophecy if PS4 gains significant traction as the console to get.
Worse MS have done nothing to retain their existing gamers beyond continuing with their gamer account (achievements etc) and gold covering both systems simultaneously. The lack of backwards compatibility, and the lack of being able to transfer anything game related purchased on the xbox, means as a user you are back at square one. That is i'm no better off getting an X1 this time than if I were to switch to PS4. Indeed switching to PS4 may offer more benefits as I could use its streaming BC service to catch up on the half dozen or more exclusive games I missed by not having a PS3.
From all the information so far I'm summing it up as 'X1 for entertainment and media at the center of your living room, PS4 is a gamers console'. Which one you get will ultimately depend on where you prefer to be placed.
Edited by noisecrime, 23 May 2013 - 07:35 PM.