To your first point absolutely. After all, it would be kinda silly if the X1 didn’t have this ability and they expected you to leave it on 24\7 while you watch tv. If all you have up is tv, its going to be chilling in the background with Kinect ready to go. And as to your second point, I was just using an example, your right you could be going crazy with something like TitanFall or Killer Instinct, with anything snapped to the side like youtube tutorial videos, or whatever sports your into. Definitely a flexible feature that I can’t wait to have fun with.
Actually HDMI in is something that people are really underestimating. What I think some people are missing is that if you are watching TV through your XBOX, you are online…Meaning you can get friend request to play games that you normally wouldn’t have. That’s going to lead to a lot more epic gaming nights with friends from all over the world. Also you’ll be able to use the split screen multi-tasking to do things like buy movie tickets with Apps like flixter while you watch TV OR watch a sports game on the side while you play a low intensity game. No more having decide between watching a football, soccer, hockey, basketball game, and playing your games. Finally ANYTHING that has hdmi out can be connected and displayed. Your media computer, your apple tv, or even your Xbox 360. You won’t have to switch inputs, you’ll be able to just turn it on and play it through your X1. Hell you could do the same with a PS4 if your Mister MoneyBags and you get both. So The HDMI in is actually a pretty big deal, whether your interesting only in gaming and even if your not in the U.S.