Aye, you're right on a good handful of accounts. I used my Xbox360 more when it was new and I had more time for it, but as I've grown older, I've turned to my PC simply because I find it easier and more convenient. It's always on. I suppose I'm not the norm.
No, you are the norm. MS wanted the One to always be on as well. You're gripe with the One is that it's doing all the things a PC does but it's a console.
> An Appeal to Tradition
You said yourself this one was dumb and I'll agree.
> Steam Has an Offline Mode
This is a valid point, but also one that shows how differently Steam and MS handle the "always online" thing. Steam puts it off as a side-feature that it can say it has, but it makes it really vague just how "offline" you can be (like BSGM said you still have to checkin periodically, just not as frequently). The funny thing is that if you look it up online it's a mystery to people because no one is offline for long periods of time.
> The Deals Make up for It
I forgot Steam patented deals. You realize one thing that gives Steam the flexible to do deals the way they do is because there is no middle man. Look at Nintendo who is doing very similar deals, and MS has already done similar deals on Live (I think PSN even has weekly deals). This is _NOT_ a "Steam" thing, just something anyone who thinks home consoles are "disc only" will miss out on.
> My PC isn’t Broken if the Internet Dies
Neither is the One, and it is designed to have more than gaming as well.
> My PC is upgradable
This one is just out of left field as I don't see how being able to pay more to keep up instead of having developers target you makes Steam better.
> Steam is a service, Xbox One is a console
You aren't creating a rational argument and are trying to compare two different things. Your Steam games are all reliant on Steam, just like your Xbox One games are all reliant on MS. No one is arguing that PC and Xbox Ones are similar, just that the Steam and Xbox one game service models are.\
Also you've made several comments about how "you are just used to not being able to share digital games" and "well I always have my PC plugged in but not home consoles". These don't say anything about MS's vision of the console itself, except for the fact that they weren't able to show you that vision of having a device that would always be part of your TV and would be as convenient to play games as it is on a PC.
It's funny because even after writing this response I love the idea of a digital console even more. I started out hating the digital Xbox One and even a month (?) after it's unveiling I am finding more reasons to like it. As stupid as it sounds, I play less games just because there is a whole setup process. That's one reason I like the 3DS - it's always on. I just pick it up and play. If playing Halo was easy as saying "Play Halo" and picking the controller off my desk, then I might actually play more. Right now there is turning the controller on, turning the Xbox on, turning the TV on, possibly switching to the right mode, finding the disc and putting it in, then going through menus, then updates - it might sound lazy but it's just a barrier to someone who plays games somewhat casually (in the sense that I don't devote huge chunks of my time specifically to them, I usually play them on a whim and on the side).