The required Kinect is enough for me to say that I won't be buying this system. I don't particularly care for the idea of MS having a internet connected camera and microphone in my living room. Sure, I could cover the lens or hide the thing in a corner, but just the fact that MS has the balls to pull a stunt like that is enough to keep me as far away from the thing as possible. Paying MS a fee to play used games didn't help their cause much either, but that's a minor complaint compared to the Kinect crap.
Well it's quite possible that you don't have
to connect the Kinect. I do like the fact that they're including one with teh base system, as I'm interested in what developers will do with it. When everyone has access to the peripheral, it can start to actually make sense to spend development cycles on software for it.
I'm curious as to the licensing fee on used games, and also the reaction of used game vendors. If the fee is $10, and it results in used game vendors lowering their prices by $10, I don't really have a huge issue. It throws a wrench in renting or lending games, though. What I'm really hoping for is that either Sony or MSoft steps it up on the direct distribution. They need
to have more games on there more quickly, and have regular sales and price drops. Want to curb the used game market? Make it reasonable to buy new.
This announcement served its purpose. It let the most casual of followes know that there's a new Xbox coming out, and that it will have the highly popular CoD and EA Sports games. Most serious console gamers are not going to base their decision purely on the initial presser. This announcement wasn't for them. That's what E3 is for. This was for the general media and the large demographic of Xbox users who don't regularly follow video game news.