<Shows the red card.>Well said!
Sure, it would be nice to have orchestral VI's with the versatility of real orchestral players. As it is, though, it isn't such a big deal to choose between the different available options based on what best suits your needs, or to just get them all, if you do it all (and can afford it). The choice of better sound or better playability also isn't all that painful, not for me, at least. It's just a reality of what we do, and you have to figure out which you value more.
Everything is a compromise. Virtual instruments are no different. I don't think that will ever change, and I think that's for the best.
Reasoned, non-tribal discussion has no place here, Miket. This forum is for arguing over semantics and tiny legato sampling imperfections heard in an off-the-cuff musical improvisation.
I had a listen to the Spitfire walkthrough. It sounds just fine. Lots of useful articulations and sounds. I heard some useable legato too. Maybe this library won't let me create a 90%-accurate-not-quite-as-good-as-the-real-thing John Williams mockup. But that's not what I choose to spend my time doing anyway.
Right tool for the job as always. Nothing changes.