@MasterPi: Taking Kinect out means that we'll get another generation of games that don't use the Kinect. That's bad news. I think the main reason for it is to get the price down to PS4 levels.
Not requiring Gold for entertainment apps is fantastic news. It's been one of the items making me hesitate. I already pay for Netflix and can get it free through my PC, my blu-ray player, and my phone. What should I have to pay Microsoft to use it on the Xbox?
I agree with both paragraphs 100%. I'll add, that to me, Netflix is the best thing ever for the Xbox One. Being able to pin my kids shows is awesome for her, for my wife, and for me to launch anything on demand. Netflix really is by far themost used app in my home and sells the Xbox One, to me.
However, it is better with the Kinect because I can shout out a favorite for my daughter from the kitchen and BAM, it's playing. Going back to even Kinect 1 and the Xbox 360, sucks - I've tried it. The Xbox One Netflix client still needs work, but it's good enough.
Microsoft, if possible, should buy Netflix, or buy up as much of Netflix as they can, imho.