Yeah, so following up on Ian's points, there are already murmurs of developers being non-psyched about the Neo. The leaked reports indicate that every game starting this fall must have a base mode and a Neo mode, and even if performance improvements aren't mandatory for Neo mode, they're likely to have to maintain two testing/patching/certification lines. If the Xbone.5 follows suite, that adds another chain there as well.
This sounds overstated. Developers already do this all the time on PC. Some of them already do this on New 3DS.
if the NX is cheaper and easier to developer for, especially with the shared OS for the eventual handheld which will be huge in Japan, Nintendo's going to have a lot of power when dealing with Japanese third parties in the coming years.
This has been Nintendo's plan on the rumor mill for quite some time now. Leveraging its power in the handheld market and trying to bridge that support to its console is pretty much the only card Nintendo can play. It was never a reasonable expectation for Nintendo to get Western third party support without earning it and/or throwing money at the problem until it goes away for a while. This would be a good first step.
1. Foster the relationships with third parties it already has, most of which are in Japan.
2. Become a viable second console and alternative to PS4/One (this includes launching a competent, easy to use machine).
3. Sell as many units based on that strength.
4. Wait for someone to screw up.
Well, Microsoft already has with that DRM and Kinect fiasco before launch, and there's a chance Sony might. It's saying the right things, but there's always a chance Sony oversteps the limits of consumer acceptability. This is the same company that launched a $600 console, admitted that its goal was for people to think they should "work more hours to buy one," then spent an entire generation rebuilding its tarnished reputation in the gaming community.
Sony is never going to stick with their promise of no NEO only games. This is Sony jumping the shark.
This is where I expect Sony to falter, unfortunately. I really hope it doesn't. That doesn't benefit anyone really. Worst case scenario is this pisses off a large number of people. Best case scenario is Neo is generally ignored by most people, becoming little more than an enthusiast's model like New 3DS.
As someone who bought both a DSi and New 3DS XL, I never cared about the spec bump. At the time I bought them, it made more sense to just get the newer models. This comparison isn't entirely analogous though. First, consoles are far pricier. Second, there are fewer reasons to justify upgrading. I got Nintendo's iterative handheld models so my brother would have one. Who is going to hand-me-down a PS4? I love my brother, but that mofo can buy his own.