You do know that PS3 is the most popular Netflix capable device in the living room right? Microsoft love their claims to fame. I'm sure they'll change their mind soon enough.
Exactly, I do believe MS will change that. I also think its not something new but what they have been planning for a while for the X1. It may not happen at launch, but I do believe eventually all apps that are free elsewhere will be free on the X1. They have dropped so many hints about an app store that I feel fairly confident that they plan to bring the windows store (modified for the device of course) to the X1, effectively making the X1 a much more robust and flexible system for app developers then any other console
And what about all the households who are cutting back on what they can afford because wages don't stretch far enough. People still need something to relax with and do recreationally. Those people might have to choose between XBL only or free MP and Netflix on the PS3. 2 subscriptions vs 1. No sugar coating it, PS3's is the better choice and the numbers speak for themselves like I already mentioned.
As for the Sony beating MS etc, I wasn't talking about number of consoles sold/success. I'm referring to Netflix access numbers. Sony are beating them, fact.
And then everything changes with the next gen. Now both consoles require a subscription for multiplayer, so that scenario no longer matters. Anyone playing mp will have Gold or PS+.
You guys have been talking about Netflix a lot, but I wonder if Netflix really brings more users to either platform. I don't think anyone has bought either console for the entertainment services alone. Most buy these things for the gaming, but then also enjoy the extra media services. The exception is the PS3 early on when it was the cheapest and best bluray player on the market.
Since we now know that both Sony and MS are aiming for providing tv-live content directly to customers (MS possibly an a la cart/subscription based service for individual shows and Sony possibly a subscription service more like cable involving channels), it seems to me that there will be even less to gain from offering Netflix access. That's another reason why I'm confident MS moves it out of Gold only. MS could transition to using the tv-like media they produce as a Gold perk instead of relying on 3rd party apps. Sony could do the same with PS+.