I feel like the majority (/all?) of the really negative reaction came from the tech press. Specifically, people who wouldn't buy a game-focussed console anyway, or at least wouldn't make much use of one (along with the majority of their audience).
They cover consumer electronics. They see the announcement and think of a number of previous consumer electronics announcements they believe to be much better. Based on this viewpoint, they declare the announcement to be a failure. When it's finally released and doesn't sell as many units as the latest iPhone or Galaxy phone they pat themselves on the back on their great insight.
Meanwhile, as a console gamer I couldn't care less, I'm excited. If it doesn't sell as much at release as the latest smart phone then fine - I already have one of those for completely different purposes.
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