Anyone else starting to get this sense? What the XBox One can do in just the way people use it in a day to day sense is a game changer IMO.
This demo just hammers it home. This is something even if my parents never play a game on, they can use the X1 and get a lot of use out of it.
In the console evolution, I feel like the XBox One is like what the advent of smart phones were to cell phones.
Previous cell phones (or "dumb phones" if you will) had basic functionality like you could make calls, text, play some rudimentary games, even take photos by 2003 or so, but "smart phones" with touch based OS interfaces like the iPhone completely changed everything, even though you could say "well it's just a phone, I just make phone calls and text with it".
I think for all the flak MS has gotten a lot of people are sleeping on the potential of this ... this IMO is also truly the first game console almost anyone can use as long as they can talk. The Kinect camera even automatically recognizes who you are when the system boots up, this is something a grandparent use, the interface is that intuitive.
PS4 is a terrific console, but it still in many ways feels like a "dumb console", the X1 feels like something that's connected to the broader internet and your cable TV at all times, not just a walled in "video game network". I think for once Microsoft has finally beaten Apple to the punch -- they missed out on iPhone and iPad, but they got to Apple first by getting X1 out before Apple iTV. This is the product Apple should have made first.
Without a shred of doubt the PS4 will be a better gaming console - more muscle, more raw power, better exclusives list (highly opinionated, but this is my opinion).
But looking at this, the XBox One, will be a better overall entertainment device. The HDMI throughput to your cable box, the Skype and Kinect features, the superior software experience. Even being able to launch apps, and even Windows Phone apps, and snap them onto an Xbox One display. Microsoft has shifted their focus, and it may pay out well as long as the message gets out that it's much more than just games.
I'm happy about the games for the PS4. I'm happy about the possibilities with the XBOne.