Originally Posted by Diverge
The Xbox one is supposed to be an all-in-one media entertainment system, and it fails pretty hard at launch. You can't even play your local content. It's basically just a gaming system with netflix, hulu and MS's media ecosystem (something anyone with a smart TV has access to). I have my xbox 360 plugged into my xbox one so I can watch tv via WMC extender, and there isn't even commands to record. Have to juggle multiple remotes, controllers, ect. It's a joke IMO. Just have a read here to see how unhappy the media/nas/htpc types are http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_forums/xbox_feedback/f/2604.aspx
PS4 is just a gaming system, and only marketed as such. But they heard a demand for DLNA, and at least responded saying they'll forward the interest to the powers that be.
There seems to be quite the bit of misinformation that keeps being repeated about the Xbox One as if some have an agenda or something. First all of this nonsense about the PS4's focus on games and the Xbox One not being a gaming platform is utter stupidity. 90% of all the games released will be on both platforms and each has their own must have exclusives. Second, the new kinect makes navigating the Xbox One stupid easy. The interface was clearly designed around this paradigm and when used as envisioned the machine screams. A lot of people have a knee jerk reaction to the kinect and truly miss out. It's not perfect but it works dang near all the time and is hands down my favorite control system to date.
No one is more is more disappointed about the loss of media center more than me, but I found that I can still play all of my media on the XBOX One using the Play-to functionality. And I don't know where you read that there's no HDMI pass-thru, but my cable box passes thru just fine with the xbox off, with off meaning its low power standby state. Some will complain about the extra $3-5 a year this power state will incur them in electricity cost, but I'd gladly play 10x that for updates to take place while I'm not using the system. As it stands now I can't seem to power up my PS3 or 360 without some app putting everything on hold because it needs an update.
As to aesthetics, first it's a personal opinion and you really can't change someone's mind on this one, but I will that I couldn't care less about what it looks like as long as it's black, fits in my AV rack, and is relatively quiet. Right now the hum from Panasonic plasma (when the screen is nearly white) will completely drown out the Xbox One fan. It's crazy silent.
I always feel weird defending Microsoft because I really don't have a dog in these fights, but between the tech press and rapid fanboys it gets extremely tiring reading regurgitated drivel or obviously slanted articles over and over again. Like people complain about the app situation on Windows tablets when in fact the number of tablet-optimized apps for windows and android are on par with each other and iOS having about 2-2.5x that number (the number of phone apps is another story). But getting back the subject matter, anyone who says that the PS4 has greater potential is seriously drinking the Sony Kool-aid. The gaming situation is and will always be a wash. They have nowhere near the infrastructure investment that Microsoft has for developing apps on their gaming platform. And for Sony, media is an afterthought while it's baked into the Xbox One. Like I said, I don't have a dog in the fight. I've got a PS3, PS4, 360, Wii and an Xbox One and a gaming rig (no Wii U in this household though). Just get tired of hearing all the undeserved negativity and misinformation being thrown around.