You make a valid point. But what makes a crossbow so valuable isn't just the performance aspect. It's easy to mod one to perform well, and it lends it self incredibly easily to integrations.I'll elaborate. I mean obsolete as far as people going crazy trying to get one. The +bow, snapbow, crosssnap and now this are all cheaper/easier to get than an xbow. If you have an xbow or find one for cheap, use it, by all means. It is pointless to pay a lot of money for one, though. Unless it's the Guru, of course.
Except for this part.
With all the recent mods/homemades, an xbow should be pretty much obsolete.
But the comfort level given by a crossbow is second to none. I've held a +bow, and while it's nice, it's not nearly as comfortable, and doesn't aim as intuitively. You can't really understand until you've used a crossbow just why they're so awesome, and you can't really explain it when you have and use one. It just...is.
I still think this is awesome, though.