So right now I have both consoles preordered. There are obvious reasons to love both, but when I think of which one has the potential to feel the most futuristic in my home, I'm always thinking about the Xbox One, Kinect 2, and it's IR blaster.
Currently I use the first Kinect in a limited way but mainly because it's not very heavily integrated into the various apps that support it. Controlling Netflix is awesome; being able to say pause, play, choose titles, and yet search can only be done spelling out words using a controller. But in the areas where it does work, I think it's amazing. Always accurate and doesn't require me to yell at it to recognize me. Best of all, now that I have a daughter, I have been using voice commands prolifically. Most of the time my arms are full or I'm feeding her and didn't remember to grab the remote. Being able to spit commands to the system and have it do things effortlessly feels like the future, and if you're telling me Kinect 2 is even more accurate, more heavily integrated into the system, and can now control my TV, receiver, and whatnot; that just blows my mind.
I feel like if Microsoft spent more time highlighting this feature, more people would get on board with Kinect 2. Or am I the only one that's excited about this. Think of it; what if they opened the api and allowed an app where you could also control home automated lighting. You could say "Kinect on" and have it turn on the console, the tv, surround sound, and dim the lights to something you specified. That sounds so remarkable to me I can't imagine people not finding that extremely cool.