My answer to all of the above questions is, "WHO CARES!?".
No matter what new features are thrown into the Xbox One and the PS4, the underlining truth is that they are still video game systems. Nothing else really matters if quality games fail to exist on either system. Both systems are flying out of the starting gate with a disappointing offering of launch titles. The PS4 titles are just enhanced versions of PS3 games. I stopped by Gamespot one night and played the FIFA 2014 and Knack PS4 demos. If you had told me I was playing them on a PS3, I would have believed it. I didn't see any noticeable graphic differences.
|Knack on the PS4|
|Resident Evil 6 is one of the most disappointing video game|
releases of the 7th generation consoles.
I feel that Microsoft and Sony just need to take a look at Nintendo's marketing and gaming models. While the Wii-U is looked upon as a toy by the most serious gamers, the core existence of their console is still gaming. They're not trying to sell you a DVR or the ability to watch TV while simultaneously playing games and talking on skype with your cousin 2000 miles away. They're simply giving you a traditional gaming experience. I feel that Sony has seen the light a bit by not including MP3 and Blu-Ray movie playback in their console. Both features should be offered at some point on the new console, but there is a strong commitment to keep these features secondary to the video game experience.
Only time will tell what the defining success of the 8th Generation will be. I have enough unplayed Xbox 360, Playstation 2, and Wii games on my shelf to keep me busy for a long time until I'm finally ready to upgrade to a new console. Personally. I'm currently leaning towards a PS4 because of it's price and the hope that they will have good enough games in their library to relive the success of the PS2, But who knows? By this time next year we could all be playing on Valve's Steam Box.
Polygon's review of the Xbox One
Polygon's review of the Playstation 4
The official website of the Steam OS