Man, I love the internet hate. It's really kind of funny, and mostly extremely short sighted. Cline, you call those who like the XboxOne sheep. What is a sheep? An animal that lives in a herd of other sheep, that does sheep things, and does the same thing all the time. Now if we're deciding what console (and their fanbois?) are sheep-like, then I have to argue that is the PS4. They kept it the same, which does have a lot of benefits. I mean, cheaper used games? Doing what one wants with their disc? Great right?
The problem is, the video game market has been in dire need of innovation and risk for a while. What MS proposed was radical, and hit the video gamers hard. I know how difficult it is to do something different. BUT we do need something different. People get caught up the in the used game discs and the once a day internet connection. I get that those can be problematic for many different types of people. The benefits though were pretty awesome. Like being able to share your games with 9 other xbl members as a "family." So my friend Bob_01 can play the games I buy, and I can play his. I'll take the other parts of the DRM (that have zero effect on my life). I can go to my friends house, sign into xbl, and BLAMO, there are my games? Sweet! No discs to carry, lose, have eaten by Bob_01's dog/cat/girl friend in a rage. How about being able to sell your digital games? C'mon, you mean that doesn't sound like a good idea?
But it looks like as if the internetz has won. We'll be back to the same as it was, which isn't terrible, but it isn't forward moving. Maybe I am just a sheep, or someone who appreciates a bold idea. I admit, you may (I guess fairly correctly) label me an Xbox fanboi. I do like my PS3 (rediscovering it lately) and PSN. I do love the idea of sharing in the PS4. I was looking forward to an all digital next gen (my DVDs books are filling!), but I guess we won't see it in console gaming.