If you have a capable PC, there really isn't many good reasons to own ANY console. Exclusives for the most part are the only reason to even consider one, and they're fewer and farther between than they've even been. If you absolutely need to play these one or several of these exclusives, and it justifies the price of a new platform, then you've already decided.
To be fair, if you own an XB1, i'd even say getting a PS4 largely matters less if your not into eastern games and Sony's exclusive library. For these machines, all the western third parties are generally shared, so if that's your thing to begin with, you could not go wrong with either ecosystem or PC.
And PC is getting more and more third party eastern ports as well, although not all.
Of course if I only had a poor performing machine, and I was only interested in the Xbox ecosystem, then grabbing a console is a reasonable option - but if you have even a barely competent system that can run those games and can hand PC typical issues that come and go, it's a no brainer to stick with PC. You keep your perpituity, have access to lots of competing and excellent stores with great content, and can still go for your Xbox ecosystem stuff that is likely to soon have everything in there. Or you can ignore that altogether and pick and choose which service providers to use.
Pretty much why I have been entirely on PC these days. I only borrowed a PS3 to go through the MGS collection and Last of Us. Now on PS4, all I have an interest in playing is Last Guardian and Last of Us 2 (whenever it happens), I'll borrow a PS4 then, and that seem about it
I own a PC, PS4 and Xbox. The Xbox was a completely superfluous purchase. Thought I would be into Halo, but I wasn't. Got the most enjoyment out of Forza Horizons 2 and Sunset Overdrive. Other than that, no reason to purchase.
I just wish PS4 had EA Access. I still buy EA's games on PS4 though...
I would say that, with a good PC + one console (PS4 or XB1), there's barely no reason to buy the other console you don't have (PS4 or XB1).
But, you said in your own post... Gears 4 to play with your friends. Even if the game gets released for W10 I don't think that's gonna be cross play. If you can afford, and you want to play Gears 4 with them, there is your reason. You will also be able to play other exclusives such as Halo 5.
If that's worth it? Only you can tell.
I have a half-decent PC (GTX 570), a PS4 and a XB1. I don't regret the XB1 even a bit, but nowadays, if I didn't have a PS4 already, I wouldn't buy the PS4. I play XB1 way more, besides MS moves with W10. So it depends entirely on what you're particularly looking for and your actual circumstances.
I have all 3 and rarely turn on the xbox one. The only games I'd say are the Halo's and Forza Horizon 2 (or F6 if you prefer that style of racing game). I wouldn't really recommend an xbox one to anyone at this point, PS4 ports of multiplats are better always and the xbox one exclusive library is nowhere near the level of PS4.
Ironically the only thing that makes me keep my xbone is the possibility of playing RDR sometime soon. I bought the game digitally, could play it for a brief 24 hour window when they accidently rolled out BC for it, but then yanked it. Presumably for an E3 announcement of RDR 2 or something. The one last gen game I didn't play, probably won't get a remaster, so BC on xbox one or PSNow streaming would be my only options.
As someone who has been primarily a PC gamer for a long time I find the possibility of cross purchase titles on Xbox/PC very appealing. I like to own consoles for couch multiplayer and portability. I tend to buy all 3rd party on PC as it's my preferred way to play. If future Windows Store game purchases also work on Xbox that would be a big plus and more important than the various console exclusives for me.
I would personally have a hard time justifying a second console but looking forward, if MS follows through with the PC/Xbox integration that is where my money will go. One Oculus that will work on both setups is another positive. If I had a PS4 with no plans on getting rid of it I would save the money.
As a PC and PS4 owner myself, I see little reason to have an Xbox One. PC is going to get all the future first party titles it looks like and the backlog of first party games wasn't appealing enough to get me to buy one in the first place.
Scalebound may have been the tipping point for me if I could get an XB1 for like 200 bucks or less, but now I'll just get the inevitable PC version as MS uses Xbox Games as the trojan horse to get people to use Windows App Store.
This is the main reason I sold my X1 and look to pick up a PS4 in the future, the PS4 exclusives are more enticing to me now, and the shift that MS is making in offering its exclusives for PC made more sense for me to sell it and wait to play them on PC.
I have all three consoles this gen and both handhelds, and I'm building a PC, and the Xbox One gets literally no use from me. First time I've ever regret purchasing a console tbh. Even worse now that all the exclusives are coming to PC. All the games I wanted (Ori and the Blind Forest, Quantum Break, D4, Below, Cuphead, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, Scalebound) will be on PC. The only thing I'm waiting for at this point is a confirmation of a PC version of Scalebound, then I'm selling it.
all of the Xbox exclusives will also start releasing on pc in the very near future so if you have a good pc already, there is no reason to buy an Xbox. That's what Microsoft is actually pushing for this time around. Either way if u want a console or PC, you will still be under their umbrella.
My main reasons for having an Xbox One (actually two Xbox Ones) is that I can buy a game digitally once and play it on both boxes at the same time.
This means that when I have game night, we can do 4 vs 4 Halo MCC or Rocket League using both boxes without having to have 2 copies of the game. I also have two boys in the house that are also gamers so having two systems helps there.
PS4 can probably do this(no idea), but it doesn't have Halo MCC.
I also prefer the Xbox controller (especially the elite) over the PS4 controller. While there are some exclusives that I'll enjoy on the PS4 (Uncharted 4 is my GOTY so far), the Xboxes get way more play in my house.
The uwp ports so far have been pretty terrible with forza apex being the exception. Take a look at the apex thread on GAF, it received generally unanimous praise. Forzas future looks bright on pc as far as I'm concerned.
We had some decent Xbox One sales recently and yeah... I couldn't come up with a reason either. If your friends play multiplayer mostly on that then it might be worth it but most of the titles I'm interested in are coming to PC (namely Recore). Honestly I probably could have not bought the PS4 either.
I've never been able to cultivate any meaningful amount of "friends" playing on Steam/PC. It just seems like a less social platform in my experience. But maybe that's just me.
edit: Oh yea the exception to the above would be MMOs where I feel the PC facilitated a lot of friendships over the years but I own that up to the games themselves and how they are designed to demand parties/guilds.
Friends are important. If your friends are on XB1 then that's where you should be too. the best graphics in the world could never replace the fun that can be had playing games with your friends IMO.
Sold the PS4 a few months ago due to lack of use,Xbox one only gets used for Forza and Division with mates,but I started playing Division on PC and now can't stand to play it on Xbox one. So the Xbox will go in my lads room and I'll just stick with pc.
With the Xbox app it's easy enough to chat with Xbox mates and I'm betting cross play will end up being a thing.
As for UWP quality some users seem worse of than others,so far I've played Quantum break,Apex & Killer instinct all fine.
Rest of the system, mouse, keyboard, monitor (if they play on a tv), rebuying their games etc. They probably wouldn't do it anyway so we don't really need to go down this road. His friends have other friends on Xbox aswell.
As far as I'm concerned, not only no, but fuck no. Not moving forward, at least. If you've already got a PC then you're ready to play all of the games that will define MS's gaming ecosystem in the future.
If you've got a sibling who likes Xbox, then actually, yes. Cross buy across Xbox and Windows is a fucking sexy proposition. Buy the game on Xbox and you also get a separate copy for PC, why not? but that's the only reason I can think of. (imo, at least. Most of my friends play on PC and if they switched over to PS4 or Xbox One I don't think I'd follow just for MP. I'd rather play with randoms than play with control and framerate constraints.)
You are actually right. There are a lot of reasons for that, for example you have steam, origin, uplay, battlenet, plus MMO clients, which can fragment your friends. But what to do is to get people/friends onto discord, teamspeak, (or even) skype aso.