I don't agree with any Kinect negativity at all. It makes no sense to me.
Its worth every penny over and above the competition which is pretty much zero considering console bundle sales and pack-in games. Sure, our PCs, TVs, Tablets, Phones, etc. all have built in cameras now and it's overkill but the ease of access, and integration to actual applications - voice activated and on the big screen, from the couch no less, is the key. I think it's just slightly ahead of its time possibly. Look at Twitch. Who knew people would be so interested in watching other people play video games. Next thing we know, people will actually Skype. I hope not!
The X1 and WiiU have been the only next gen experiences for me so far. They are not perfect, there are major flaws, but at least they tried something different. There is just more of the same from that other console right now after what seems like a lifetime of "needing" that console for DVD, then Blu-Ray, and now.... not sure yet. We all bought one or all of them in the interest of A/V access and quality while we were having fun and being social thanks to Xbox Live. It just doesn't seem to make as much sense anymore to own the other console but we all will eventually at some point.
Anyone slightly interested in A/V (everyone on this site) should be somewhat intrigued by never having to touch a remote again at minimum. The Kinect does that, and yes, it really does work most of the time. Plus, it keeps the kids happy and adults somewhat active on occasion. Lack of actual games is the only issue right now but the A/V aspects alone more than make up for it.