Well the XB1 is an internet device now if we like it or not. So if you do not have internet then get a PS4. Not saying it was a great call as anything taking customers out of a purchase opportunity is bad for business. Guess now it would be the same for people to argue that they cannot watch YouTube since they do not have internet. Well you can't do anything internet related on an internet device without the internet. It is what it is. Also how much bandwidth is needed to check in?
My biggest gripe is Elli not swimming. Take Elli to a lake and spend 15 minutes learning the dog paddle already. After the 100th situation where swimming is needed you would think a 15 minute break is justified. Another method would be to find some floaties and put them in your pack. They weigh a total of 22 grams.
Since I don't care about used games and have a 24/7 internet connection I let the games decide. So I made a list of must buy games for me:
(PS4) Infamous: Second Son
(PS4/XBO/PC) Battlefield 4
(PS4/XBO/PC) Call of Duty: Ghosts
(PS4/XBO/PC) Watch Dogs
(PS4/XBO) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
(WIIU/PC) Scribblenauts Unmasked
(PS4) Drive Club
(WIIU) Rayman Legends
(WIIU) Mario Kart 8
(PC) South Park: The Stick of Truth
(PS4/XBO/PC) Mirror's Edge 2
Since I have a decent PC and a Wii U if I order a PS4 I will not miss out on a single game I want. Titanfall was one reason I was going to pre-order a XBO but when I saw it was also available on the PC I was happy. I will still probably buy a Kinect 2 as I like to program and that hardware is amazing for $99.
I think that you can view anything connected to the HDMI as a video source. You could even plug your PS3 into the Xbox One HDMI input and view the video. Now you will not have communication for example it cannot sense what you plugged into it. I am sure Xbox One will have wireless/or Infrared means of controlling your cable/dish/direct tv box. It is not really control as in communicating data back in forth but mimicking the remote commands. Using the guide it will know what channel you switched to since it switched it for you and can lookup what is playing on that channel and allow overlays with related content.