Since the Xbox One launched last November, Microsoft's latest game console has changed pretty dramatically. From "going all-in" on Kinect to offering a camera-less $400 model; from focused on TV and home entertainment to appealing directly to "core" gamers. The last year for Microsoft's Xbox division has been one massive pivot. The future sounds brighter.
The future looks bright for the Xbox One, new features definite makes it stand out from the competition, plus the support and updates it's been getting and will get with time makes it an awesome console to own and play with.
Cortana would be right at home on xbox one. I hope the voice recognition tech they are using on mobile migrates over to Xbox, but I understand why they'd focus on other things first.
They definitely are bringing the pain with content. The holiday wave of content (games/features) is incredibly robust, and I wouldn't want any gamer to miss out on any of it! BTW, I paid for my COD bundle set today!!!! I am 10 times more pumped for the console/controller than the game... Game on.
Cortana is one thing that would probably require Kinect. I imagine you can slowly type on your controller, but still.
The moment they announce Cortana is the moment my pants explode in excitement.