Not influenced - when I DO get an XB1, it WILL include Kinect (due to functionality it brings to the console outside of gaming).
Apparently, for the majority of critics, their criticism had two motives - bring pricing parity with PS4, and also make PS4 look better (due to design differences between the two core consoles).
Despite the "core" price imbalance, the two consoles weren't really identical even in terms of block diagrams, were they? Because XB1 included Kinect, while PS4 did not (and does not) include Move, any comparison of the two was mostly apples vs. grapefruit - and horked quite a few "comparison shoppers" - not to mention analysts - off. How do you compare dis-similar consoles? The answer to that is quite simple - you don't! However, folks insisted - despite the impracticality - and analysts threw in their two cents as well. How can we compare dis-similar (in terms of features) hardware and make our forecasts?
Yes, comparisons were easier when we had PS3 Slim and XB360 Core - however, the job of Microsoft and Sony is NOT to make comparison shopping strictly a matter of price. The deciding factor is supposed to be about VALUE - not necessarily price.
PS3 (the original) brought BD playback (which XB360 lacked) and greater usage outside of gaming. Microsoft's response? Swap DVD-9 with BD in XB1, and include full-capability A/V and motion-sensing via Kinect - for less than PS Move. As was noted, back in the XB360/PS3 era, Kinect even then cost less than PS Move. (Why didn't Sony include PS Move with PS4? That's easy enough to explain - they could not match Kinect on a cost basis - therefore, Move remains a high-priced (and slow-selling) option.)
Doubtless a low-weighting factor was the death of the old XB360 Core SKU AND the $99 XB360 deal - especially during a bad economy. However, how much REAL difference has that made in terms of attach rates - for either PS4 or XB1?
tuckeratlarge - How are you getting those HD MKVs to the TV - streaming? XB360 (or XB1, or PS3/PS4) can do that - so that means you are streaming from the PC instead. (When I pull the trigger, that will be a major non-gaming use FOR the XB1 - streaming throughout the house - to everything; two HDTVs with wi-fi, two desktops, a tablet, and all other hardware that may be on the home LAN at a given point in time.) That frees the desktop - mine - up for other tasks. You are basically justifying making the "cheap choice" during a bad economy. Fine - I have no issue with putting off purchases due to the bad economy - but please, don't blow smoke up my posterior.