Traditionally, I have always been attracted to the underdog (e.g I bought a Gamecube last generation before I got any of the other 128 bit consoles). Not because they're always necessarily overall better but because there's always SOMETHING there that's better - and if that's your preference then nobody can say, or at least prove, that you're 'wrong'.
The Xbox One will cost 75 pounds more at launch than the PS4. But it comes with Kinect 2.0 as standard (remember that the original Kinect cost over a 100 pounds). And you can Skype as standard on it. And you just know that Microsoft must have some new franchises somewhere up their sleeves, if only because it's been so very long since they were surprising on that front. How much do you think that the PS4 will cost when you buy an Eye Camera, Move controller (aren't you a bit 'meh' about having more than one controller? I only use the PS3 for regular controller games).
Microsoft's used game policy set some people on a bad footing. But , as someone who nearly always buys new games or waits for new games to come down in price, it won't affect me. And, whilst it may be a money maker for Microsoft I don't mind if games companies get some of that. Why should a game potentially be passed around the world's population, resulting in some games selling far less than they might have done? The XboxOne presentation, concentrating on television, was a bore. Their talk of it being a Trojan Horse in the living room is a cynical choice of metaphor - that would make buyers being unwittingly groomed in to accepting services that they never intended to use. But as a deal? If Kinect 2.0 is great fun and if XboxOne games can look as good as PS4 ones then it's potentially just as good a deal. If they can get some interesting exclusives.
Sorry dude, but as one of the biggest 360 fanboys of N4G back in the days, I can honestly say they deserve everything that is coming at them.
But lets get into your post. You can Skype on it? I can Skype on my PSVita, even while playing the game/multitasking... I bet I can Skype on my PS4 too, but that kind of stuff isn't locked behind a paywall, which is with XBL (Netflix all that stuff while free on PS3/PSVita/PS4. Besides that, it has nothing to do with gaming.
Kinect, nice and all, but why force that motion casual gaming camera onto everyone so that one pays 100 Euro extra for Xbone instead of PS4. Besides the costs of the cam, you're forgetting that the PS4 even has the better hardware/stronger GPU and faster/more expensive 8GB GDDR5 RAM. Actually, the PS4 should be more expensive if you compare what Xbone brings. Aside from that cam that should be optional. Like PSEye is optional for PS4. Choice you know, not forced... BTW why do you mention the Move controller? Does the 360 have a move/wiimote option too? it only has the cam flapping your arms kicking your legs. You aren't FORCED to buy the Move, again.
But, I already bought a Move for my PS3, so it'll work with my PS4. I just have to buy that PSEye if I want to use it, which is 50 Euro. So for a grand total of 400+50 I'll have a console with a cam, that is, I'll only buy that cam if it actually has good move games that are the reason to buy that cam. What reasons did Kinect 1.0 give you to want Kinect 2.0? Kinect Adventures? Any other great Kinect game? Did I miss something utterly awesome that came out of Kinect, so the past gives me a good reason to want Kinect for the future? Meh for more controllers? Move is a very accurate wiimote basically. This > some motion cam flapping arms kicking legs shat.
Game companies earn when they make good games. Look at Naughty Dog, with their Uncharted series and now their big selling game The Last of Us. Everyone and their dog on my PSN friendlist is playing that game. That is how you earn money, not by forcing some DRM to take away rights from consumers. Same with indie devs, they get a chance to earn money on PSN because they can self publish. Not with MS, they want total control, force them to have a publisher. They restrict and don't improve the current industry, they want to control it all. It is not good. Last but not least:
"And you just know that Microsoft must have some new franchises somewhere up their sleeve"
They've showed whats up their sleeve. It cost them an investment of 1 billion USD they said. I was disappointed with what I saw in their E3 press conference, the game that I think was having most chance becoming a major new thing is Titanfall. And this game is from EA, so it'll be multiplatform after some months of timed exclusivity.