This is an interesting article regarding the change in vision for Microsoft's gaming division over the last number of years: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-05-15-is-xbox-still-gaming-to-the-core
The article describes how Microsoft used to be all about the core gamer, but over the years they have switched their mindset to draw in the more casual entertainment consumer and away from gaming, even pushing the gaming section of the Xbox Dashboard behind other entertainment areas.
Also, as we know, Sony's clearly been noticing this shift and they themselves have been pushing to let gamers know that Sony is all about the gamers and always will be. It seems to me that this is Sony trying to steal back the hardcore gaming crowd that Microsoft may well be starting to alienate.
Where do you see the future of the Xbox heading, and do you feel that Microsoft might find itself in trouble of losing much of the core gaming audience?
The article itself talks about a lot more than just Sony v. Microsoft - feel free to bring up any of the points made in it. I find this an interesting topic. I myself have felt that Microsoft is the safest company heading into the next generation of consoles, but this article does bring up interesting points.