On the issue of kinect, youre saying you can solve it by putting paper over the sensor. The kinect uses inferred, so that wouldnt stop it, also you have to have it active when playing games so it can detect you are still there. If it doesnt detect movement the console goes to sleep. The problem we have with kinect is you CANT block or disable it. It is always watching and listening and we cant do anything about it so if someone DOES take it upon themselves to hack it or record stuff with it, we cant stop them
And whether or not Microsoft will use the patents, its more they have patents specifically designed to do this and we cant stop them.
On the matter of which console was more powerful. Xbox 360 held behind the last generation of games by being less powerful. Developers have to make money so they usually end up having to work cross platform which means having to work to the lowest specs. Xbox didnt have blu ray so the amount of info they could put on disks were limited. PS3's had less power in networking so games that were cross platform multiplayer had to have that accounted for. Thats a disadvantage on each console. But overall the Xbox was lesser in quality.http://au.ign.com/articles/2010/08/26/xbox-360-vs-playstation-3-the-hardware-throwdown
Eg take God of War 3. That is an incredible looking game. High quality, lots of detailed textures, reflections etc, and on xbox would have needed to have a reduced poly count and texture detail if they wanted to fit in on even 3 dvds. That game couldnt have been made to the same quality if it was cross platform.
Developers would get the same amount of money as they already do, and if you look at contracts and what microsoft said, they said its up to the publishers. Most developers contracts probably dont include anything about microsofts policy so they probably wouldnt get anything out of that used games fee without another contract and that means opening themselves up to be a publisher-less studio
The point I was making with xbox's price is that you are paying more for functionality that DOESNT work. The TV thing wont work outside of america, and also you need to buy an extra thing for it. The console doesnt come with that, it just has the capabilities to run it, the same with ps3's network and TV services that they have now.
And again, I like being able to play my single player games without the internet. Id rather have the disk in and be able to play my games, rather then not have a disk run (and run out of HDD space) and be locked out if i dont check in every 24 hours.
As far as the PSN getting hacked, you know Microsoft got hacked as well yeah? And did nothing about it? they even tried to cover it up. Sony made themselves look like fuckwits by admitting what happened, and to be honest handled the press really shitty, but at least sorted the issue.
And from a developer perspective: Microsoft are controlling assholes that screw people over constantly, look at what they did to super meat boy developers vs how Sony treated that games company with journey's delay, and the fact you have to pay $10,000 to PATCH a game is so unreasonable (on psn its free at the moment), and that you have to have a publisher is even worse, especially as an indie dev which means any games i make have an incredibly less chance of making their way onto xbox then ps4 anyway.
And for the record, no one here is saying its a doomsday device, but we are saying its untrustworthy and microsoft are still treating people like shit over this, whether consumer or developer. We arent name calling or sensationalising. We are stating facts. You cant sensationalise system specs or money really. I dont get where you are getting this from