"Plus, anyone can download Pro camera and make it the default camera app if they wish."
Just a quick FYI - you can only download Nokia Pro Camera if you have a Lumia. I have a 8x and it's...
To be fair, I don't remember either console reveal saying they would do very much that's 'revolutionary'. Xbox promised TV, voice commands and gaming, PlayStation offered more gaming and vita...
My guess is that they were thinking anyone that was so concerned with battery life to buy this thing @ $200 (which is insane) wouldn't want the backlight (because...POWER!!).
Simple, the money they would be saving on screen hardware they're using to pay MS for licensing.
Paul, have you noticed any settings to allow automatic sign in without using Kinect? I've dis-kinected and moved my XBO to my PC monitor and now I must sign in before doing anything.