Part of the Apple announcement included a demonstration of gameplay. People expected this to be part of the package, and there has been a lot of talk about the AppleTV vs. the consoles like PS4 and XBox. An article such as this is typical, as as some of the comments that follow in them, but in some ways most of those defending consoles are missing the point, or making assumptions about the future.
Yesterday, Microsoft issued a change in two key elements in the forthcoming XBox One. The first was to go back to a traditional “disc-based games can be resold and shared” and the second was to remove the need to “call home” every 24 hours to validate licences and such. These two pieces (along with the “always on” camera) sparked an outcry in the gaming community. It was big enough that mainstream news outlets reported on the original features, and the “backtrack” has received an enormous amount of coverage. Was this merely a temporary retreat, or was it a sign of something bigger at Microsoft?