Many people will see the One strictly as a gaming console and will focus on its strong lineup of launch titles. That's fine. But if we view the Xbox One as potentially being something more, we reach a different conclusion: As it is now, the Xbox One offers too little value as a component of the Microsoft ecosystem. I'd say that Microsoft gets closer than almost every other vendor, but it still falls short.
Fortunately, there's room for improvement. And with Sony fanboys already gleefully suggesting that Xbox fans overpaid for their $500 console, Microsoft should do everything it can to convince them that they're wrong.
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