I'm sure they'll release some form of add on rechargeable battery pack. If they don't I'm sure another company will. I bought one of these as I was fed up of the battery scramble. Best non-software purchase I made for the 360.
That's still no excuse for continuing to require either AA batteries or a third-party battery pack.
After installing some start menu software 8 is basically 7 with faster boot-ups and better file management stuff. Thus, 8 is better.
It's not better if you have to install extra software to make it not suck.
You install wallpapers to customize your desktop. You install your own music software to listen to your music. You install your video player and your codecs to watch your videos. You install your browser to surf the web. You install the games you like to play. You may install a theme pack to customize the look of your user interface. Etc. All of that instead of what the OS ships with by default. And installing a completely optional Start Menu replacer is the deal breaker?
Wallpapers, music players and games don't alter the fundamental design of the OS itself. I shouldn't have to install a separate Start menu to fix a poor OS design element.
Mandatory firmware updates don't bother me. I'm not really sure why they should bother anyone, really. If you want to use your game console online, it needs to be the latest firmware version. Simple as that.
A video presenting ten minutes of gameplay from Shin Megami Tensei IV has been posted to Youtube. For those interested, it shows off a little bit of exploration and combat, along with series staples like demon fusion and negotiation. This video is of the Japanese version, but I think if you know SMT, you can probably get the gist of it.
The North American release is closing in. I can't wait!