I think everything that lead to this point really, poor marketing, poor ideas, poorly listening to consumer needs, AND a week later.
I don't think any of that matters too much considering their target goals. They've projected what they can and want to sell and in which regions; success isn't going to be determined by simply 'doing better than Sony.'
The ideas were fine, they were just brought in a bit too early for most consumers to handle (the ones that are only on their third or fourth generation of console ownership.) The rest of us have been expecting these things for quite a while, wondering which of The Big 3 was going to be the first to take the jump. Other than the mandatory Kinect, I thought it was fine although the Xbone seems to be pitched like the PS3; trying to have it do EVERYTHING. There's enough other tech on the market that I don't need it to do everything, I just want to play some ****ing games. Sony realized that after the PS3 didn't do quite as well as they'd hoped and went back to what made the PS1 and PS2 great.
And again, the vast majority of people that are going to buy either console are the less-informed gaming public that just want to play Madden or Call of Battlefield Duty or whatever, so all of the details are meaningless to them. It's new, has better graphics...that's about as far as they'll read into it before they open their wallets. The only ones that care are the hardcore, which are in the extreme minority and barely a blip in the target demographic.
Well put. I just want to play some ****ing games too! lol
Honestly I hope X1 does well. That will mean more games for everyone. I just think that the X1 was presented way wrong. They tried presenting it as,like you said "it does everything", what a total ripoff. Most uneducated non-hardcore gamers don't watch e3 or any of the conferences, they should have known to hot the hardcore gaming market first, that's who keeps the word of mouth on the streets. If the said there was a way you could get cheaper games, share games with anyone (up to 5 people) in your network, I would have said hell yes! But when we heard DRM, I didn't hear anything good, only the fact that I can't resell my games and then the required Internet 24/7, I really don't mind as I have Internet 24/7 anyway, but when it's paired to a high tech camera that is always listening, that scared me, expescially after the ms Snowden whistleblowing. Granted they have fixed these issues, but the damage has been done. I lost what shred of respect I had or them. The only reason I went ps3, was that's it was free online. Well that's gone either way lol
That's one thing I can't wait for on ps4. From what I understand they are putting alot of resources into tablet and smartphone integration. Nothing like sitting at work, playing Battlefield 4 as commander on my tablet. Or hopefully can play Ghosts on a vita wherever I want. My mind is going to be blown when it is actually here.