I agree. We live in a world motivated by capitalism and justified by the free market. Every corporation is out to get whatever income you can spare for their product. Sony is no different than Microsoft. Both companies want your $$$, not your friendship. The only difference between them is how they go about reaching the "targeted" audience. Sony believes if they go after the hardcore gamers, the rest will fall like dominoes. Microsoft wants to have it's cake and eat it too. Cake being hardcore and casuals.You gamers are forgetting something crucial in this debate: YOU are the minority.
If Microsoft can rope even a quarter of the players they had with the 360, they'll STILL stand toe to toe with Sony, and perhaps (which is my prediction) even surpass them. Why? It's simple: The Xbox One will appeal to EVERYONE else outside the gaming circle.
The casual gamers (which most, believe it or not, are), the moms, the dads, the aunts, the uncles, the grandparents, the shop owners, the university lecturers. How is this possible? Duh. Because it's a platform to do a heck of a lot more than just GAME on, and it's a platform that will allow people to do it with ease.
This is the price you gamer fanboys (again I'll remind you that you're in the entertainment minority) have to pay for gaming going mainstream: it's no longer an industry just for you. The whole world is in on this now.
This new generation of console's is not your grand daddy's atari anymore. Neither are so many other things that never used to use the internet either. Phones, cars, typewriters(old pp's computer)...etc.
It sucks when the power or internet is down, but if you can afford either, not being able to play your $400 console is the least of your problems.