I disagree about it not being ready. Did it change everything in some drastic measure at once? No but if you had those expectations it was incredibly silly. Like you said you can always just pick up the regular remote if you want to watch something on DVR. It has taken 80% of me using the remote out of it which is a lot more than I expected. Not having to play with inputs is also really nice. The graphics are great and some games are running in 1080p. Both the ps4 and the xbone look great in the graphics department. I honestly think Jason got a bad xbone. I know 20 folks with the system and none have had 95% of the issues he mentioned. Also I re calibrated the kinect set up with the volume jacked almost all the way up and that really helped in not hearing me.
By not ready for prime time I mean it is not ready for non techies. You sound like a guy with game console experience so you are willing to except the shortcomings and mention it is better than you expected. They are not targeting you though. They are promoting to people like my wife who want it to work like a toaster - you push the button and it does what you expect. Microsoft has a product of releasing a passable product and then upgrading until it gets to where it should be - Windows 1.0 anyone?
As far as resolution, the xbox one is a lower resolution than the PS4. That being said, both look great.