Have to say as a total 'cheap ass' gamer who almost always buys games second hand and mostly inherits broken consoles from friends and uses the magic of google and youtube to fix them for himself ) , I wasn't planning on getting either xboxone or PS4 until way down the line.
After watching both conferences however,
Microsoft showed me exactly what I expected; graphics wise no huge leap, game play wise all much of a muchness, and the online stuff seems completely unnessecary to me (I understand it doesn't matter to folks who have their xbox online all the time and will use it as their entertainment system but I won't and don't want forced into it).
Also the kinect thing bugs me, I love the idea of the kinect and use my 360 kinect quite a lot as a means of exercise with kinect sports, but that's pretty much it, most of the other kinect games I have or have played have been garbage to laggy and just not good, they brought out some cool hardware and just haven't done anything for it (much like nintendo and the wii hardware I have lying around doing nothing)
so now their forcing a kinect on those who want an xboxone(which is reflected in the price) and have it on all the time, whaaa? if I thought they'd bring out some solid kinect games that actually work accurately, quickly and make it feel like your movements actually count for something, I'd say fair enough, but from what they've done with the 360's kinect why should I think that?
To me they have shown the kinects for skype, voice command and so they can test marketing techniques, I understand if some folks want it for exactly those reasons but I want it for game innovation and their not doing it(I hope that changes at some point).
Sony on the other hand put together a good conference that made me, as a gamer who plays both online and offline (75% offline) feel like they actually care about what gamers want. They showed a lot of games that will be on both consoles, but they did it well, and showed me that some of these games actually have new game play ideas(and not necessarily online multiplayer ideas) and it's not just exactly the same stuff on a new console (although graphics wise still not a lot going on). They brought in some indie guys, they brought up abe's odyssey, none of this online check nonsense and their not going to kill crappy second hand stores off (just yet). They just gave me the impression that the PS4 will be a games console first and other things second, while the impression I got for the xbox was being a full entertainment system which I don't need (I just want to play some fcking games).
So basically I will be having a good look over the footage from the rest of E3 over the weekend, then giving myself a few weeks to forget about it all and then see if Im still excited about the PS4, if I am, then I think I may go so far as to get one at launch (which is something I have never done before). The Sony conference made me excited about gaming for the first time probably since the original Xbox Playstation battle, and I just didn't expect it, so fair play to Sony, I just hope they can follow through with what they showed at the conference and it doesn't all fall flat on its ass, which I still kinda feel is probably more likely. Interesting stuff!