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Yeah you have to pay for Sony online now but it looks way better than it was on PS3.They also have PS plus which gives away free games every month. It's kind of a ridiculous deal. Which is great for consumers but I wonder how the developers feel. If I end up getting it I'm probably not going to buy almost any Sony exclusive games for a few months because after that they'll just end up free on PS plus.
The reason the X-Bone is $100 more is because it comes with the new Kinect. I imagine they are pretty comparable when it comes to playing video games.I've seen demos of the X-Bone and it was kind of intriguing. You walk into a room, it instantly recognizes your face and pulls up your custom profile... it takes voice commands.. seemlessly switches between apps and games. Seemed interesting. I was mostly interested in the TV integration. If you don't know already, the X-Bone lets you connect your cable through it.... you can then use voice commands to "turn on CBS" or "Show me what's on NBC at 8"... No need to switch back and forth between your cable box and console. But I was a bit disappointed by what I saw. #1 - It doesn't have any kind of DVR built into it and doesn't let you access your DVR'd content. It's basically only useful for watching live television... which I pretty much never watch.#2 - It doesn't yet seem to allow you to pull up your On Demand content. That said, I have Comcast out here in Seattle and use the Xfinity app on my ipad sometimes. It's awesome... lets you easily search your on demand content and stream it through the internet. The XBox 360 had an Xfinity app so I can imagine the Xbox one will also have an xfinity app eventually. Also, it's the only console that will have HBO GO... so long-term it might be a replacement for the Cable box afterall... just with no DVR capability. #3 - Unfortunately... You can't use any of those apps without a XBox Gold subscription. That blows. I have zero interest in paying for a special subscription... I don't play online games enough to warrant it. So I've kind of lost a little interest in the Xbox despite the awesome demos of seemless switching between game/tv/app... skyping your friends while you watch live Celtic games sounds interesting, but I don't know who would do it. Pulling up live scores via the net while watching the Celtic game also sounds interesting... but meh.I need to read more about the PS4. I haven't read any "cool" features that really excite me. It just seems like an updated PS3 console with better graphics. None of the launch titles excite me... I'll probably buy one eventually, but I'll probably wait a few months for the prices to drop. I don't have any reason to buy one now.Side note: If you have NBA League Pass, I recently found that the PS3 has an awesome app for it. Xbox 360 doesn't have an app. Presumably PS4 will eventually have the NBA League Pass app... that might factor into some decisions.