Leave it to Sony make a big deal over nothing.
Region lock is a BS non factor. Lock the region, who cares ? It probably affects 0.00001% of console owners. Who really needs to take their consoles or game collections overseas ? Sheesh...
The fact that Sony is jumping on this tells me they are grasping at straws to try to look better than MS.
Only time will tell which is the "superior" console. PS4 has slighly better specs but XBone has some interesting architectural designs that could make that moot (just like 360s unified architecture design made games perform better than on the "superior" PS3)
None of the BS measure MS is putting in place will matter at all if it has better exclusive games, controller or features or better online service. PS+ has alot of catching up to do to reach XB Live's success.
I've read convincing articles that claim XBone has already one (no pun intended), and they made some very interesting points.
MS has states clearly on XBone's license policy that it will listen carefully to feedback and that policies can change by the time it launches. I expect the internet connection requirement to go away due to the feedback its already getting.
kevpc, what you may think are advantages can be completely moot to a gamer if Xbone has better games etc.
Give a gamer a good enough game and they will be happy to go to ridiculous lengths to play it.
There is also the factor of which system is easier to develop for. Historically the 360 was a breeze compared to PS3 to develop top notch games that could harness the full potential of the hardware. PS3 was as disaster for this. Given both new consoles are almost identical (which I find highly suspicious), its not clear this time around.