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.
Since Far Cry 3 launched so late in the year how do end of year releases work for awards? You can tell VGA's pick out a winner weeks if not months ahead of time in order to get all that CGI done in time. Not saying that Far Cry 3 is GOTY but Vaas would of been in the character running I would think if not for the late release. So is FC3 eligible for 2013 awards?