According to another site (sorry!) that covered this same story - the Blu-ray player will be for install only, not for playback, so there'll be no watching films etc. on Blu-ray on this new console. That seems to me to be very short-sighted and with the PS4 having that capability, it will give some a reason to buy a PS4 rather than the new x-box.
As for Kinect, I don’t need it, don’t want it, and it doesn’t work for me. I am disabled and have to sit in a chair with my legs elevated at all time, if the Kinect is unable to recognise this seated position (as per the current one), and yet I am forced to have it for the console to operate – this could well be a huge problem for me personally, and may well force me over to the dark side as is if the Kinect is required to enable the console to operate, and yet it doesn’t recognise me because of my sitting position, then the console could well be a non-starter (literally!).
Now I am concerned; I may indeed not be able to have the new console and yet it would have taken a lot for me to buy a PS4 over the new X-Box, but I may have my hand forced. Once the details are confirmed/released I would be really grateful if someone at OXM could look into this Kinect issue for me, in order to allay/confirm my fears.